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]
LocationMonaco (2018)
Presented byWorld Rugby
First awarded2001
Currently held byPieter-Steph du Toit (RSA)
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] New Zealanders (also known as All Blacks) dominate the list of winners having received the award on ten 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). Fly-half is the most successful position with seven wins, followed by flanker with five. As of 2018, twelve of the eighteen recipients represent southern hemisphere teams. The winner of the World Rugby Player of the Year for 2018 is Ireland's Jonathan Sexton.[9]

List of winners and nominees[edit]

Year Image Winner Country Position Other nominees Ref(s)
2001 Keith Wood in 2012 Keith Wood  Ireland Hooker  AustraliaGeorge Gregan (Scrum-half)
 AustraliaGeorge Smith (Flanker)
 EnglandJonny Wilkinson (Fly-half)
 IrelandBrian O'Driscoll (Centre)
[10][11]
2002 Fabien Galthié in 2008 Fabien Galthié  France Scrum-half  EnglandJason Robinson (Wing)
 IrelandBrian O'Driscoll (Centre)
 New ZealandRichie McCaw (Flanker)
 South AfricaJoe van Niekerk (Flanker)
[12][13]
2003 Jonny Wilkinson in 2007 Jonny Wilkinson  England Fly-half  AustraliaPhil Waugh (Flanker)
 EnglandSteve Thompson (Hooker)
 FranceImanol Harinordoquy (Number 8)
 New ZealandRichie McCaw (Flanker)
[14][15]
2004 Schalk Burger in 2008 Schalk Burger  South Africa Flanker  AustraliaMatt Giteau (Centre)
 FranceSerge Betsen (Flanker)
 IrelandGordon D'Arcy (Centre)
 South AfricaMarius Joubert (Centre)
[16]
2005 Dan Carter in 2011 Dan Carter  New Zealand Fly-half  New ZealandRichie McCaw (Flanker)
 New ZealandTana Umaga (Centre)
 South AfricaBryan Habana (Wing)
 South AfricaVictor Matfield (Lock)
[17][18]
2006 Richie McCaw in 2008 Richie McCaw  New Zealand Flanker  AustraliaChris Latham (Full-back)
 IrelandPaul O'Connell (Lock)
 New ZealandDan Carter (Fly-half)
 South AfricaFourie du Preez (Scrum-half)
[19][20]
2007 Bryan Habana in 2007 Bryan Habana  South Africa Wing  ArgentinaFelipe Contepomi (Centre)
 ArgentinaJuan Martín Hernández (Fly-half)
 FranceYannick Jauzion (Centre)
 New ZealandRichie McCaw (Flanker)
[21]
2008 Shane Williams in 2008 Shane Williams  Wales Wing  ItalySergio Parisse (Number 8)
 New ZealandDan Carter (Fly-half)
 ScotlandMike Blair (Scrum-half)
 WalesRyan Jones (Number 8)
[22]
2009 Richie McCaw in 2011 Richie McCaw  New Zealand Flanker  AustraliaMatt Giteau (Fly-half)
 EnglandTom Croft (Flanker)
 IrelandJamie Heaslip (Number 8)
 IrelandBrian O'Driscoll (Centre)
 South AfricaFourie du Preez (Scrum-half)
 South AfricaFrançois Steyn (Centre)
[10][19]
2010 Richie McCaw in 2011 Richie McCaw  New Zealand Flanker  AustraliaKurtley Beale (Centre)
 AustraliaDavid Pocock (Flanker)
 FranceImanol Harinordoquy (Number 8)
 New ZealandMils Muliaina (Full-back)
 South AfricaVictor Matfield (Lock)
[19]
2011 Thierry Dusautoir in 2012 Thierry Dusautoir  France Flanker  AustraliaWill Genia (Scrum-half)
 AustraliaDavid Pocock (Flanker)
 New ZealandJerome Kaino (Flanker)
 New ZealandMa'a Nonu (Centre)
 New ZealandPiri Weepu (Scrum-half)
[12][23]
2012 Dan Carter in 2011 Dan Carter  New Zealand Fly-half  EnglandOwen Farrell (Fly-half)
 FranceFrédéric Michalak (Fly-half)
 New ZealandRichie McCaw (Flanker)
[17]
2013 Kieran Read in 2011 Kieran Read  New Zealand Number 8  ItalySergio Parisse (Number 8)
 New ZealandBen Smith (Full-back)
 South AfricaEben Etzebeth (Lock)
 WalesLeigh Halfpenny (Full-back)
[24]
2014 Brodie Retallick in 2014 Brodie Retallick  New Zealand Lock  IrelandJonathan Sexton (Fly-half)
 New ZealandJulian Savea (Wing)
 South AfricaWillie le Roux (Full-back)
 South AfricaDuane Vermeulen (Number 8)
[25]
2015 Dan Carter in 2015 Dan Carter  New Zealand Fly-half  AustraliaMichael Hooper (Flanker)
 AustraliaDavid Pocock (Flanker)
 New ZealandJulian Savea (Wing)
 ScotlandGreig Laidlaw (Scrum-half)
 WalesAlun Wyn Jones (Lock)
[26]
2016 Beauden Barrett in 2014 Beauden Barrett  New Zealand Fly-half  EnglandOwen Farrell (Fly-half)
 EnglandMaro Itoje (Lock)
 EnglandBilly Vunipola (Number 8)
 IrelandJamie Heaslip (Number 8)
 New ZealandDane Coles (Hooker)
[27][28]
2017 Beauden Barrett in 2017 Beauden Barrett  New Zealand Fly-half  AustraliaIsrael Folau (Full-back)
 EnglandOwen Farrell (Fly-half)
 EnglandMaro Itoje (Lock)
 New ZealandRieko Ioane (Wing)
[29][30]
2018 Jonathan Sexton in 2015 Jonathan Sexton  Ireland Fly-half  New ZealandBeauden Barrett (Fly-half)
 New ZealandRieko Ioane (Wing)
 South AfricaFaf de Klerk (Scrum-half)
 South AfricaMalcolm Marx (Hooker)
[9]
2019 Pieter-Steph du Toit  South Africa Flanker  EnglandTom Curry (Flanker)
 New ZealandArdie Savea (Flanker)
 South AfricaCheslin Kolbe (Wing)
 United StatesJoe Taufete'e (Hooker)
 WalesAlun Wyn Jones (Lock)

Statistics[edit]

Correct as of the 2019 award

References[edit]

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