New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has been named World Rugby Player of the Year, beating Julian Savea, Michael Hooper, David Pocock, Alun Wyn-Jones and Greig Laidlaw to scoop the honour. It is the third time that the award has been bestowed upon the 33 year-old. The Racing Metro bound out-half rolled back the years throughout the World Cup, helping the All-Blacks to a record third William Webb Ellis Trophy.
Carter was man of the match in Saturday’s decider against Australia, picking off a drop goal for the second game in succession. It was particularly sweet for 112 time capped All-Black as he missed out on the final four years ago in New Zealand.
Despite many doubting if he would even make the World Cup squad just 12 months ago, Carter put in a season to remember, finishing his All-Blacks career on a high.
It is fitting for one of the best ever to be granted such an accolade in his last season in black.
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