Another accolade for McCaw
November 27, 2006

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw has been named the International Rugby Board's player of the year.

A panel of former players voted for the All Blacks flanker, 25, above team-mate Dan Carter - last year's winner - Australia's Chris Latham, Springbok Fourie du Preez and Irish lock Paul O'Connell.

New Zealand dominated tonight's IRB awards ceremony in Glasgow, where they reclaimed their title as team of the year.

The favourites for next year's World Cup made it a hat-trick when coach Graham Henry scooped the award as coach of the year after a stunning 12 months in which New Zealand won the Tri-Nations and embarked on an undefeated tour of Europe.

The only success for the home nations went to England flanker Margaret Alphonsi, who won the Women's Personality of the Year award.

France fly-half Lionel Beauxis was voted outstanding under-21 player, while Rugby World Sevens champions Fiji took the honours as best sevens side.

IRB Awards in association with Emirates Airline - 2006 winners

IRB International Player of the Year: Richie McCaw (New Zealand)

IRB International Team of the Year: New Zealand

IRB International Coach of the Year: Graham Henry (New Zealand)

IRB International U19 Player of the Year: Josh Holmes (Australia)

IRB International U21 Player of the Year: Lionel Beauxis (France)

IRB International Sevens Team of the Year: Fiji

IRB International Sevens Player of the Year: Uale Mai (Samoa)

Spirit of Rugby Award: Polly Miller

Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service: Brian Lochore

IRB Referee Award for Distinguished Service: Peter Marshall

IRB International Women's Personality of the Year: Margaret Alphonsi

IRB Development Award: Mike Luke

IRB Hall of Fame inductees: William Webb Ellis and Rugby School

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