Barrett continues All Blacks dominance of award
RUGBY UNION: Beauden Barrett, the man who had one of the toughest jobs in world rugby - replacing legendary Dan Carter as New Zealand's fly-half - has won World Rugby's Player of the Year award.
The 25-year-old's award was the fifth year in a row an All Black has won it.
Barrett, who made his debut for the All Blacks in 2012 in the 60-0 thumping of Ireland, rounded off the Kiwis' World Cup final triumph over Australia last year by scoring their third and final try in the 34-17 win.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was named World Coach of the Year.
Hansen, who took over from Sir Graham Henry following the 2011 World Cup, took the All Blacks to successive World Cup crowns in 2015 and led a seamless overhaul of players as New Zealand broke the tier-one record of 18 straight Test wins.
Charlotte Caslick, meanwhile, claimed the Women's Sevens Player of the Year after spearheading Australia's Olympic gold and World Series campaign.