World Rugby Player of the Year

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World Rugby Player of the Year
Awarded for "the achievements of those involved at the highest level of the world game on the field".[1]
Location London (2016)
Presented by World Rugby
First awarded 2000
Currently held by Beauden Barrett (NZL)
Website www.worldrugby.org/awards/past-winners

World Rugby Player of the Year is an accolade awarded annually by World Rugby at the World Rugby Awards.[1] It was called the IRB International Player of the Year, and it is sometimes colloquially referred to as the IRB World Player of the Year. From 2007 until 2014, it was the IRB Player of the Year. Since 2014, following the International Rugby Board becoming World Rugby, the award has been titled the World Rugby Player of the Year.[2] In a year when the Rugby World Cup tournament is staged, performances in that event are also taken into account. The award is presented to honour "the achievements of those involved at the highest level of the world game on the field".[1] The first World Rugby Player of the Year award was presented in London in 2001.[2] The winner receives a trophy.[3] The voting panel select a list of nominees who can then be voted for by players, coaches, media representatives and the public via Twitter. Informed by the vote, the panel then select the winner.[4] As of 2017 the voting panel comprises John Smit, George Gregan, Maggie Alphonsi, Clive Woodward, Brian O'Driscoll, Agustín Pichot, Richie McCaw and Fabien Galthié.[5]

The inaugural winner of the award was Irish hooker Keith Wood who is considered one the greatest Ireland and British and Irish Lions players.[6][7][8] New Zealanders dominate the list of winners having received the award on nine occasions. Two All Blacks have won the award three times – flanker Richie McCaw (2006, 2009 and 2010) and fly-half Dan Carter (2005, 2012 and 2015). Flankers and fly-halfs are the most successful positions, with five wins each. As of 2016, five of the sixteen recipients represent northern hemisphere teams. The winner of the World Rugby Player of the Year for 2016 is New Zealand's Beauden Barrett who scored the final try for the All Blacks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final which ensured their victory over Australia.[9] His award citation acknowledged his "scintillating displays" which resulted in "defences often left flat-footed by his step and turn of pace".[10]

List of winners and nominees[edit]

Year Image Winner Country Position Other nominees Ref(s)
2001 Keith Wood in 2012 Wood, KeithKeith Wood  Ireland Hooker Australia George Gregan (Scrum-half)
border=1px Brian O'Driscoll (Centre)
Australia George Smith (Flanker)
England Jonny Wilkinson (Fly-half)
[11]
2002 Fabien Galthié in 2008 Galthié, FabienFabien Galthié  France Scrum-half New Zealand Richie McCaw (Flanker)
South Africa Joe van Niekerk (Flanker)
border=1px Brian O'Driscoll (Centre)
England Jason Robinson (Wing)
[12]
2003 Jonny Wilkinson in 2007 Wilkinson, JonnyJonny Wilkinson  England Fly-half France Imanol Harinordoquy (Number 8)
New Zealand Richie McCaw (Flanker)
England Steve Thompson (Hooker)
Australia Phil Waugh (Flanker)
[13]
2004 Schalk Burger in 2008 Burger, SchalkSchalk Burger  South Africa Flanker France Serge Betsen (Flanker)
border=1px Gordon D'Arcy (Centre)
Australia Matt Giteau (Centre)
South Africa Marius Joubert (Centre)
[14]
2005 Dan Carter in 2011 Carter, DanDan Carter  New Zealand Fly-half South Africa Bryan Habana (Wing)
South Africa Victor Matfield (Lock)
New Zealand Richie McCaw (Flanker)
New Zealand Tana Umaga (Centre)
[15]
2006 Richie McCaw in 2008 McCaw, RichieRichie McCaw  New Zealand Flanker New Zealand Dan Carter (Fly-half)
Australia Chris Latham (Full-back)
border=1px Paul O'Connell (Lock)
South Africa Fourie du Preez (Scrum-half)
[16]
2007 Bryan Habana in 2007 Habana, BryanBryan Habana  South Africa Wing Argentina Felipe Contepomi (Centre)
Argentina Juan M. Hernández (Fly-half)
France Yannick Jauzion (Centre)
New Zealand Richie McCaw (Flanker)
[17]
2008 Shane Williams in 2008 Williams, ShaneShane Williams  Wales Wing Scotland Mike Blair (Scrum-half)
New Zealand Dan Carter (Fly-half)
Wales Ryan Jones (Number 8)
Italy Sergio Parisse (Number 8)
[18]
2009 Richie McCaw in 2011 McCaw, RichieRichie McCaw  New Zealand Flanker border=1px Jamie Heaslip (Number 8)
border=1px Brian O'Driscoll (Centre)
South Africa Fourie du Preez (Scrum-half)
South Africa François Steyn (Centre)
Australia Matt Giteau (Fly-half)
England Tom Croft (Flanker)
[11][16]
2010 Richie McCaw in 2011 McCaw, RichieRichie McCaw  New Zealand Flanker New Zealand Mils Muliaina (Full-back)
South Africa Victor Matfield (Lock)
France Imanol Harinordoquy (Number 8)
Australia David Pocock (Flanker)
Australia Kurtley Beale (Centre)
[16]
2011 Thierry Dusautoir in 2012 Dusautoir, ThierryThierry Dusautoir  France Flanker New Zealand Piri Weepu (Scrum-half)
New Zealand Jerome Kaino (Flanker)
New Zealand Ma'a Nonu (Centre)
Australia David Pocock (Flanker)
Australia Will Genia (Scrum-half)
[12][19]
2012 Dan Carter in 2011 Carter, DanDan Carter  New Zealand Fly-half England Owen Farrell (Fly-half)
France Frédéric Michalak (Fly-half)
New Zealand Richie McCaw (Flanker)
[15]
2013 Kieran Read in 2011 Read, KieranKieran Read  New Zealand Number 8 South Africa Eben Etzebeth (Lock)
Wales Leigh Halfpenny (Full-back)
Italy Sergio Parisse (Number 8)
New Zealand Ben Smith (Full-back)
[20]
2014 Brodie Retallick in 2014 Retallick, BrodieBrodie Retallick  New Zealand Lock South Africa Willie le Roux (Full-back)
New Zealand Julian Savea (Wing)
Ireland Jonathan Sexton (Fly-half)
South Africa Duane Vermeulen (Number 8)
[21]
2015 Dan Carter in 2015 Carter, DanDan Carter  New Zealand Fly-half Australia Michael Hooper (Flanker)
Scotland Greig Laidlaw (Scrum-half)
Australia David Pocock (Flanker)
New Zealand Julian Savea (Wing)
Wales Alun Wyn Jones (Lock)
[22]
2016 Beauden Barrett in 2014 Barrett, BeaudenBeauden Barrett  New Zealand Fly-half England Owen Farrell (Fly-half)
England Maro Itoje (Lock)
England Billy Vunipola (Number 8)
Ireland Jamie Heaslip (Number 8)
New Zealand Dane Coles (Hooker)
[23]
2017
TBD TBD TBD Australia Israel Folau (Fullback)
England Owen Farrell (Fly-half)
England Maro Itoje (Lock)
New Zealand Beauden Barrett (Fly-half)
New Zealand Rieko Ioane (Wing)
[24]

Statistics[edit]

Correct as of the 2016 award

References[edit]

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