New Zealand Rugby
All Blacks dominate Halberg Awards
February 9, 2012
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw proudly displays the Sportsman of the Year honour he picked up at the Halberg Awards in Auckland © Getty Images
The Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks were celebrating once again on Thursday night after taking nearly all the top prizes at New Zealand's annual sports awards.
Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry won the Coach of the Year Award, while All Blacks captain Richie McCaw won Sportsman of the Year and the All Blacks claimed the Team of the Year title. The All Blacks also won the top prize, the Halberg Award, and their World Cup triumph was also named New Zealand's Favourite Sporting Moment.
An emotional Henry, who has recently taken on a new role with the New Zealand Rugby Union, paid tribute to his former charges with McCaw, Jerome Kaino, Richard Kahui, Ali Williams and Kieran Read among those present. "I love you all," Henry said. "It's special. You feel very privileged picking up awards like this but a lot of people had a hand in it. Richie McCaw and the boys have been outstanding."
2011 Halberg Award: All Blacks (Rugby)
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