Barrett scoops World Rugby's top prize again

Back-to-back rugby awards for Barrett

Back-to-back rugby awards for Barrett

Barrett became the sixth Kiwi player in a row to win the men's award after seeing off this year's rivals - team-mate Rieko Ioane, the English pair of Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje, and Australia's Israel Folau.

Speaking about that All Blacks side, Barrett said it had been a challenging year.

On a night where rugby stars past and present lined the red carpet in Monaco, the awards continued to pour in for New Zealand.

"I'm a little bit surprised and just very grateful to be in the mix with the players that were nominated", Barrett said after winning the award.

"I think the Lions series really put us under pressure, the most pressure I've felt in a Blacks jersey, credit to the Lions, we'll take that to the World Cup".

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"We learnt a lot from that series‚ particularly taking that into the World Cup".

Barnett added: "I guess one day when I hang the boots up I can look back and really be proud of this".

Star winger Portia Woodman was at the awards ceremony in Monaco and believes the Black Ferns win is massive for the women's game - especially in New Zealand.

The only title New Zealand women missed out on was the try of the year, of which Woodman was a nominee, but Argentinian Joaquin Tuculet won in a public vote. Steve Hansen, crowned Coach of the Year four times in the past five years, was beaten to the honor by England boss Eddie Jones.

"Obviously just winning the Team of the Year award shows just how good our team is, and they make me look good".

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Other nominees were fellow New Zealander Kelly Brazier, French duo Romane Menager and SafiN'Diaye and England's Lydia Thompson.

The world champion Black Ferns beat out England and the All Blacks - who had won the award every year since 2010. They do all the work and I am out there on the sideline just waiting for the ball.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: "It has been an outstanding 2017 for rugby on and off the field and tonight we have recognised and celebrated those who have made it so special".

"Congratulations to all our nominees and award winners who have not just displayed excellence‚ but who embody rugby's character-building values".

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