New Zealand's Dan Carter named World Rugby player of year

New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter was named World Rugby player of the year for a third time at a ceremony in London on Sunday.

Carter, 33, helped the All Blacks to a 34-17 win over Australia in Saturday's World Cup final at Twickenham.

He has announced his international retirement after scoring a record 1,598 points in 112 appearances.

The All Blacks won the team of the year and Australia's Michael Cheika was named coach of the year.

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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.

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The five other nominees for the award were All Blacks team-mate Julian Savea, Australia flanker Michael Hooper and number eight David Pocock, Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones and Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw.

Carter is joining French club Racing Metro, where he will become the sport's highest-paid player.

The World Rugby Awards winners were selected by an independent panel of judges, chaired by Australia's 1999 World Cup-winning captain John Eales and made up of former internationals, media and the teams who took part in the World Cup.

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