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Dan Carter named World Rugby Player of the Year

Carter joins his All Blacks captain Richie McCaw as a three-time recipient of the prestigious accolade.

New Zealand Fly-half, Daniel Carter. Picture: Rugby World Cup website.

JOHANNESBURG - Daniel Carter was named World Rugby Player of the Year 2015 during a star-studded World Rugby Awards ceremony at Battersea Evolution in London on Sunday.

Fly-half Carter joins his All Blacks captain Richie McCaw as a three-time recipient of the prestigious accolade.

Carter was named man of the match in the final after steering the All Blacks to victory by kicking 19 points including a drop goal and long-range penalty to halt the Australian fight-back.

New Zealand were named World Rugby Team of the Year after becoming the first nation to successfully defend the Webb Ellis Cup with a 34-17 defeat of Australia.

The all-time leading point scorer in international rugby with 1,598 points to his name in 112 tests, Carter has been back to his best in recent weeks, inspired by the chance to play in a first Rugby World Cup final.

He received the award ahead of five other nominees, All Blacks team-mate Julian Savea, Australia flanker Michael Hooper and number eight David Pocock, Wales second-row Alun Wyn Jones and Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw.

Carter said he was truly honoured to receive the award but attributed everything to the team for the hard work and collective effort.

"It's a dream come true. It's not why you play the game, for personal accolades, but at the same time it's very pleasing and a very proud moment because I've had to work extremely hard, especially these last two to three years with the injuries that I've had.

"To come out fighting on the other side and achieve what I've achieved personally, but also what the team has achieved, it has been a very special moment of my career."

Meanwhile, Australia coach Michael Cheika received the World Rugby Coach of the Year accolade after transforming the Wallabies in his 12 months at the helm, guiding them to The Rugby Championship title and the RWC 2015 final.

Visit the Eyewitness News special Rugby World Cup 2015 portal.

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