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Carter, All Blacks sweep IRB awards

3 December 2012 18:29

New Zealand star Dan Carter was named player of the year as the All Blacks swept the International Rugby Board awards in London on Monday.

Veteran Carter, 30, made nine appearances for New Zealand in 2012 and was a vital part of the side that went unbeaten in 20 matches since the start of the 2011 Rugby World Cup before Saturday's loss to England at Twickenham.

Carter, who last won the award in 2005, was selected ahead of England young gun Owen Farrell, All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and France playmaker Frederic Michalak.

The All Blacks, who beat Rugby Championship rivals Australia, South Africa and Argentina away from home this year, were crowned team of the year.

And New Zealand coach Steve Hansen was awarded coach of the year in just his first season at the helm.

Hansen, who took over from Graham Henry in December last year, guided the All Blacks to a 3-0 series win over Ireland that culminated with a record 60-0 win in June.

He then led New Zealand to a 10th consecutive Bledisloe Cup victory after their second match against Australia during the Rugby Championship.

The awards were presented on Monday in conjunction with the draw for the 2015 World Cup, which pits defending champions New Zealand against Argentina, Tonga and qualifiers from Europe and Africa in Pool C.

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