All Blacks win trio of awards

NEW Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has been named the International Rugby Board’s player of the year for the second time after the All Blacks swept the board.

Steve Hansen won coach of the year award while New Zealand predictably won team of the year, after going 20 Tests unbeaten before losing 38-21 to England on Saturday.

Carter has been instrumental in New Zealand’s magnificent year and now has 94 caps for the All Blacks. He beat England fly-half Owen Farrell, who was a surprise nomination, France’s Frederic Michalak and All Black team-mate and three-time winner Richie McCaw to add to his 2005 award.