New Zealand's fly half Dan Carter celebrates winning a semi-final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium, southwest London, on October 24, 2015.
LONDON - All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter was named World Player of the Year for the third time Sunday, just a day after inspiring his country to 34-17 World Cup final victory over Australia.
The 33-year-old also won the award in 2005 and 2012.
Carter scored 19 points in Saturday&39;s final in what was his 112th and last international appearance.
Carter joins his All Blacks captain, Richie McCaw, as a three-time recipient of the prestigious accolade and follows in the footsteps of other previous winners such as Thierry Dusautoir, Bryan Habana and Jonny Wilkinson.
New Zealand were named Team of the Year after becoming the first nation to successfully defend the World Cup.
Australia coach Michael Cheika received the Coach of the Year accolade after transforming the Wallabies in his 12 months at the helm, guiding them to The Rugby Championship title and the World Cup final.
Carter is the all-time leading points scorer in international rugby with 1,598 points to his name.
He received the award ahead of five other nominees -– All Blacks team-mate Julian Savea, Australia flanker Michael Hooper, number eight David Pocock, Wales second-row Alun Wyn Jones and Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw.
Main awards winners:
World Player of the Year – Dan Carter, New Zealand
World Team of the Year – New Zealand
World Coach of the Year – Michael Cheika, Australia
World Women’s Player of the Year – Kendra Cocksedge, New Zealand
World Breakthrough Player of the Year – Nehe Milner-Skudder, New Zealand
World Sevens Player of the Year – Werner Kok, South Africa
World Women’s Sevens Player of the Year – Portia Woodman, New Zealand
World Referee Award – Nigel Owens