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]
LocationSalle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco (2018)
Presented byWorld Rugby
First awarded2001
Currently held byJonathan Sexton (Ire)
Websitewww.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] 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 at an annual awards ceremony.[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 of the greatest Ireland and British and Irish Lions players.[6][7][8] Two players have won the award three times – flanker Richie McCaw (2006, 2009 and 2010) and fly-half Dan Carter (2005, 2012 and 2015). Fly-half is the most successful position with seven wins, followed by flanker with five. The winner of the World Rugby Player of the Year for 2018 is Ireland's Jonathan Sexton.

List of winners and nominees[edit]

Year Winner Position Nationality Nominees Ref(s)
2001 Keith Wood in 1989 Keith Wood
1994–2003
(Appearances: 63)
Hooker   Ireland George Gregan
AustraliaScrum-half
Brian O'Driscoll
IrelandCentre
George Smith
AustraliaFlanker
Jonny Wilkinson
EnglandFly-half
[9][10]
2002 Fabien Galthié in 2011 Fabien Galthié
1991–2003
(Appearances: 64)
Scrum-half   France Richie McCaw
New ZealandFlanker
Joe van Niekerk
South AfricaFlanker
Brian O'Driscoll
IrelandCentre
Jason Robinson
EnglandWing
[11][12]
2003 Jonny Wilkinson in 2015 Jonny Wilkinson
1998–2011
(Appearances: 97)
Fly-half   England Imanol Harinordoquy
FranceNumber 8
Richie McCaw
New ZealandFlanker
Steve Thompson
EnglandHooker
Phil Waugh
AustraliaFlanker
[13][14]
2004 Schalk Burger in 2007 Schalk Burger
2003–2015
(Appearances: 86)
Flanker   South Africa Serge Betsen
FranceFlanker
Gordon D'Arcy
IrelandCentre
Matt Giteau
AustraliaCentre
Marius Joubert
South AfricaCentre
[15]
2005 Dan Carter in 2011 Dan Carter
2003–2015
(Appearances: 112)
Fly-half   New Zealand Bryan Habana
South AfricaWing
Victor Matfield
South AfricaLock
Richie McCaw
New ZealandFlanker
Tana Umaga
New ZealandCentre
[16][17]
2006 Richie McCaw in 2011 Richie McCaw
2001–2015
(Appearances: 148)
Flanker   New Zealand Dan Carter
New ZealandFly-half
Chris Latham
AustraliaFull-back
Paul O'Connell
IrelandLock
Fourie du Preez
South AfricaScrum-half
[18][19]
2007 Bryan Habana in 2006 Bryan Habana
2004–2016
(Appearances: 124)
Wing   South Africa Felipe Contepomi
ArgentinaCentre
Juan Martín Hernández
ArgentinaFly-half
Yannick Jauzion
FranceCentre
Richie McCaw
New ZealandFlanker
[20]
2008 Shane Williams in 2008 Shane Williams
2000–2011
(Appearances: 91)
Wing   Wales Mike Blair
ScotlandScrum-half
Dan Carter
New ZealandFly-half
Ryan Jones
WalesNumber 8
Sergio Parisse
ItalyNumber 8
[21]
2009 Richie McCaw in 2011 Richie McCaw
2001–2015
(Appearances: 148)
Flanker   New Zealand Jamie Heaslip
IrelandNumber 8
Brian O'Driscoll
IrelandCentre
Fourie du Preez
South AfricaScrum-half
François Steyn
South AfricaCentre
Matt Giteau
AustraliaCentre
Tom Croft
EnglandFlanker
[9][18]
2010 Richie McCaw in 2011 Richie McCaw
2001–2015
(Appearances: 148)
Flanker   New Zealand Mils Muliaina
New ZealandFull-back
Victor Matfield
South AfricaLock
Imanol Harinordoquy
FranceNumber 8
David Pocock
AustraliaFlanker
Kurtley Beale
AustraliaCentre
[18]
2011 Thierry Dusautoir in 2014 Thierry Dusautoir
2006–2015
(Appearances: 80)
Flanker   France Piri Weepu
New ZealandScrum-half
Jerome Kaino
New ZealandFlanker
Ma'a Nonu
New ZealandCentre
David Pocock
AustraliaFlanker
Will Genia
AustraliaScrum-half
[11][22]
2012 Dan Carter in 2011 Dan Carter
2003–2015
(Appearances: 112)
Fly-half   New Zealand Owen Farrell
EnglandFly-half
Frédéric Michalak
FranceFly-half
Richie McCaw
New ZealandFlanker
[16]
2013 Kieran Read in 2011 Kieran Read
2008–pres.
(Appearances: 109)
Number 8   New Zealand Eben Etzebeth
South AfricaLock
Leigh Halfpenny
WalesFull-back
Sergio Parisse
ItalyNumber 8
Ben Smith
New ZealandFull-back
[23]
2014 Brodie Retallick in 2014 Brodie Retallick
2012–pres.
(Appearances: 68)
Lock   New Zealand Willie le Roux
South AfricaFull-back
Julian Savea
New ZealandWing
Jonathan Sexton
IrelandFly-half
Duane Vermeulen
South AfricaNumber 8
[24]
2015 Dan Carter in 2011 Dan Carter
2003–2015
(Appearances: 112)
Fly-half   New Zealand Michael Hooper
AustraliaFlanker
Greig Laidlaw
ScotlandScrum-half
David Pocock
AustraliaFlanker
Julian Savea
New ZealandWing
Alun Wyn Jones
WalesLock
[25]
2016 Beauden Barrett in 2014 Beauden Barrett
2012–pres.
(Appearances: 64)
Fly-half   New Zealand Owen Farrell
EnglandFly-half
Maro Itoje
EnglandLock
Billy Vunipola
EnglandNumber 8
Jamie Heaslip
IrelandNumber 8
Dane Coles
New ZealandHooker
[26][27]
2017 Beauden Barrett in 2014 Beauden Barrett
2012–pres.
(Appearances: 64)
Fly-half   New Zealand Israel Folau
AustraliaFull-back
Owen Farrell
EnglandFly-half
Maro Itoje
EnglandLock
Rieko Ioane
New ZealandWing
[28][29]
2018 Jonathan Sexton at the 2015 World Cup Jonathan Sexton
2009–pres.
(Appearances: 77)
Fly-half   Ireland Beauden Barrett
New ZealandFly-half
Rieko Ioane
New ZealandWing
Faf de Klerk
South AfricaScrum-half
Malcolm Marx
South AfricaHooker
[30]

Statistics[edit]

Correct as of the 2017 award

By country[edit]

Statistics by country
Wins Nominations Country
10 29  New Zealand
2 15  South Africa
0 13  Australia
1 11  England
2 10  Ireland
2 7  France
1 4  Wales
0 2  Argentina
 Italy
 Scotland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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