All Blacks superstar Dan Carter named IRB player of the year
New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter was named player of the year in a clean sweep by the world champions at the IRB awards.
Last Updated: 03/12/12 7:14pm
The All Blacks, unbeaten in 20 Tests since the start of last year's World Cup before Saturday's stunning defeat to England, were named team of the year.
Head coach Steve Hansen won the coach of the year award.
Carter beat England's Owen Farrell, his All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and France's Frederic Michalak to the award, won last year by Thierry Dusautoir.
Farrell was a surprise nominee, given that he is not currently a first choice pick in the current England team.
He was given a chance in the Six Nations because of injuries to others, and he shone with some remarkably mature performances.
An injury to Toby Flood meant the Saracens starlet was given another chance against New Zealand on Saturday and he responded with a brilliant kicking performance in England's stunning victory at Twickenham.
It was the second time the 30-year-old Carter, who this year returned from injury problems that saw him miss out on New Zealand's World Cup triumph, had won the IRB honour, following his success in 2005.
This was the third straight year New Zealand had won the team award, with Hansen keeping the coaching prize in the country following the back-to-back wins of World Cup-winning boss Graham Henry.
IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset presented McCaw with the team award and players' award on Carter's behalf at the World Cup pool draw in London, while Hansen received his award from IRB vice-chairman Oregan Hoskins.
Lapassat said: "Dan Carter has bounced back from the disappointment of missing the majority of the (2011) World Cup through injury to show what a truly magnificent player he is and a wonderful ambassador for our sport," Lapasset said.
"Winning this award for the second time reflects his sheer talent and ability."