New Zealand Rugby player Dan Carter won the prestigious Laureus Comback of the Year Award and the All Blacks won the Laureus Team of the Year Award in Berlin at the Laureus 2016 World Sports Awards.
Carter who was not on hand to receive his award due to rugby commitments made his acceptance speech via a pre-recorded video. The first five-eighth who was named Man of the Match in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final after he kicked for penalties, two conversions and a drop goal said on winning his award “It’s nice to be recognised for the year I had in 2015. It was a very special year, not only for me, but also for the All Blacks and to be a part of that was amazing.”
The All Blacks who became the first team to win back-to-back Rugby World Cups and the first team to win the competition three times were nominated for the this Award for the sixth time.
Former All Blacks captain and current New Zealand Rugby Players Association board member Richie McCaw who was in Berlin to collect the award with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said: “We a little country from a long way away, so to be nominated and sitting amongst all the people here tonight is amazing.”
The Laureus Awards saw athletes from over 50 countries and 55 sports nominated.
Visit http://lwsa16.laureus.com/lwsa16/ for more information about the awards.
“It’s nice to be recognised for the year I had in 2015. It was a very special year, not only for me, but also for the All Blacks and to be a part of that was amazing.” - Dan Carter