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New Zealand sweep of IRB awards

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

LONDON, - Dan Carter led a New Zealand sweep of the 2012 International Rugby Board (IRB) awards announced in London on Monday.

The fly-half was named player of the year, with Steve Hansen winning coach of the year and the All Blacks the team of the year following a 20-match unbeaten run by the world champions that ended with a shock 38-21 defeat by England at Twickenham on Saturday.

It was the second time the 30-year-old Carter, who this year returned from injury problems that kept him out of New Zealand's World Cup triumph last year, had won the IRB honour, following his success in 2005.

The other nominees for 2012 player of the year were All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, a three-time winner, England outside-half Owen Farrell — who scored 17 points against New Zealand on Saturday — and France fly-half Frederic Michalak.

This was the third straight year New Zealand had won the team award, with Hansen keeping the coaching prize in the country following the back-to-back wins of World Cup-winning boss Graham Henry.





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