Brodie Retallick is world player of year as All Blacks sweep awards

World champions secure a hat-trick of World Rugby awards after their 34-16 win over Wales in Cardiff

Chiefs and New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick has become the fourth All Blacks star to win the World Rugby Player of the Year award.

The 23-year-old second-row forward saw off four other shortlisted players, including Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton, after an impressive run of form helped the All Blacks secure their third consecutive Rugby Championship title in September.

“Brodie Retallick has been at the heart of another hugely successful year for the All Blacks with his superb lineout skills, ball carrying ability and work at the breakdown playing a huge role in a June series win against England, the Rugby Championship title, and a strong November series,” said World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset.

There was more joy for the All Blacks after their 34-16 win over Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday evening as head coach Steve Hansen walked away with the Coach of the Year award for the third successive year, while the team walked away with Team of the Year for the eighth time to make it a hat-trick of awards from 2014.

“It has been another year where the hard work done by this group has been rewarded on the field with outstanding results,” New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said.

“We are extremely proud of this team and, on behalf of New Zealand Rugby, I congratulate Brodie, Steve and the whole team who have been brilliantly led by Richie and supported by a large group of very committed professionals all of whom unselfishly contribute.”

Retallick, who becomes the first lock to win the award, also saw off competition for the Player of the Year award from fellow All Black Julian Savea and South Africa duo Willie le Roux and Duane Vermeulen to the award.

The Chiefs star is the fourth New Zealander to win the award, with All Blacks captain Richie McCaw winning in 2006, 2009 and 2010, outside-half Dan Carter in 2005 and 2012, and number 8 Kieran Read taking home the award last year.

Previous player of the year award winners

2013 – Kieran Read (New Zealand)
2012 – Dan Carter (New Zealand)
2011 – Thierry Dusautoir (France)
2010 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2009 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2008 – Shane Williams (Wales)
2007 – Bryan Habana (South Africa)
2006 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2005 – Dan Carter (New Zealand)
2004 – Schalk Burger (South Africa)
2003 – Jonny Wilkinson (England)
2002 – Fabien Galthie (France)
2001 – Keith Wood (Ireland)

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