Already the only player to win the award twice, Richie McCaw has now won the IRB Player of the Year award three times, including in two consecutive years. It comes a few weeks after McCaw became the most capped All Black of all time along side Mils Muliana, and in a year where he also took the record for most All Black captaincies.
His fellow All Black record holder Mils Muliaina along with South Africa’s Victor Matfield, France’s Imanol Harinordoquy and Australians David Pocock and Kurtley Beale were also nominated. Former international rugby stars Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphal Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustn Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga, Paul Wallace and John Eales, watched 78 hours of rugby union matches to come up with the winner.
It was a highly succesful awards night for the All Black team. As well as McCaw’s award, the All Blacks were named team of the year having won 13 out of 14 tests in 2010, as well as winning the Tri-Nations, Bledisloe Cup and achieving the Grad Slam. Coach Graham Henry was named unveiled as coach of the year for a record fourth time.
Other New Zealanders on the award list was IRB junior player of the year Julian Savea and women’s World Cup champion Carla Hohepa named IRB women’s personality of the year.
Total Rugby – Richie McCaw
2010 has been a remarkable year for the All Blacks captain, culminating with him becoming the most capped All Black of all time in November. His New Zealand side achieved a Grand Slam on their recent end of year tour, and we talk to McCaw about this past year, as well as looking forward to next year’s World Cup on home soil.