A day after being named man of the match in New Zealand’s stunning World Cup final win over Australia, Dan Carter completed a remarkable weekend by being voted the sport’s player of the year.
Carter, who also won in 2005 and 2012, joins team mate and All Blacks captain Richie McCaw as the only triple winners of the award, which was first given in 2001.
“I was just happy to be part of this World Cup winning side, but to win back-to-back World Cups and I guess have the finish on what’s been an amazing career I’m just so fortunate. When awards like these… you just can’t help but think of your team mates, these are the guys that got me to where I am and it’s a special bunch of guys and I’m just blessed to be a part of such a unique team,” Carter said after receiving the award at the ceremony in London.
Carter, who’s retiring from international rugby, will join French club Racing Metro, where he will reportedly become the game’s highest paid player.