Richie gets deserved recognition

The All Blacks claimed the top three IRB awards on Wednesday night with Richie McCaw being named the 2010 Player of the Year.

McCaw became the first player to win the award three times having also received it in 2005 and 2009.

The All Blacks were named Team of the Year for the fourth time in six years and Graham Henry got the Coach of the Year award for a record fourth time (he also won it in 2005, 2006 and 2008).

Winners of the IRB Player of the Year award:
2010 – Richie McCaw (NZ)
2009 – Richie McCaw (NZ)
2008 – Shane Williams (Wal)
2007 – Bryan Habana (SA)
2006 – Richie McCaw (NZ)
2005 – Dan Carter (NZ)
2004 – Schalk Burger (SA)
2003 – Jonny Wilkinson (Eng)
2002 – Fabien Galthie (Fra)
2001 – Keith Wood (Ire)

Winners of IRB Team of the Year award:
2010 – New Zealand
2009 – South Africa
2008 – New Zealand
2007 – South Africa
2006 – New Zealand
2005 – New Zealand
2004 – South Africa
2003 – England
2002 – France
2001 – Australia

Winners of IRB Coach of the Year award:
2010 – Graham Henry (NZ)
2009 – Declan Kidney (Ire)
2008 – Graham Henry (NZ)
2007 – Jake White (SA)
2006 – Graham Henry (NZ)
2005 – Graham Henry (NZ)
2004 – Jake White (SA)
2003 – Clive Woodward (Eng)
2002 – Bernard Laporte (Fra)
2001 – Rod Macqueen (Aus)