All Blacks flyhalf Barrett voted World Player of the Year
LONDON (AP) — New Zealand flyhalf Beauden Barrett has been voted World Player of the Year as the world champion All Blacks swept the major awards at the end of a record-breaking rugby season.
Barrett beat teammate Dane Coles, England's Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola and Owen Farrell and Ireland's Jamie Heaslip to the sport's highest individual honor.
New Zealand won Team of the Year after posting a world record 18 consecutive test wins before losing to Ireland in Chicago last week. The All Blacks beat England and Olympic sevens gold medalists Fiji to that award. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was voted Coach of the Year for the fourth time, beating England's Australian coach Eddie Jones and Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan.
England's Sarah Hunter was voted Women's Player of the Year.