12 Dec 2015

Nonu beats out Carter for top gong

3:20 pm on 12 December 2015

The All Blacks once again dominated the annual New Zealand rugby awards with midfielder Ma'a Nonu named Player of the Year at last night's event in Auckland.

Ma'a Nonu

Ma'a Nonu Photo: PhotoSport

Nonu, who's now playing in France, played in 103 tests for the All Blacks, was part of New Zealand's successful title defence at the Rugby World Cup in England last month.

The second-five scored five tries for the Hurricanes on their way to the Super Rugby final where they fell just short against the Highlanders.

On the international stage, Nonu scored two tries against Australia to secure the Bledisloe Cup in Auckland and then again in the World Cup final to help the All Blacks win the William Webb Ellis trophy for an unprecedented third time.

Nonu, who's now playing professional rugby in France, said via a video message that he was very humbled and grateful to be part of the All Blacks.

Meanwhile, Nonu's All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was named coach of the year for the fourth successive year.

The All Blacks were named team of the year for the fifth time in succession, while the Highlanders title winning first-five Lima Sopoaga was named Super Rugby player of the year.

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