New Zealand's Brodie Retallick named world player of the year

Brodie Retallick carries the ball for New Zealand with team-mate Wyatt Crockett (left) in support
Retallick (right) made his debut for New Zealand in 2012 and has already won 36 caps

New Zealand second row Brodie Retallick has been named World Rugby player of the year for 2014.

The Chiefs vice-captain becomes the fourth All Black to win the prize.

Retallick, 23, beat team-mate Julian Savea, Ireland's Jonathan Sexton, and South Africa pair Willie le Roux and Duane Vermeulen to the award.

It seals a hat-trick of honours for New Zealand, who were named team of the year, with Steve Hansen named coach of the year.

The second row follows in the footsteps of team mates Kieran Read, Dan Carter and Richie McCaw in receiving the honour.

World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "Brodie Retallick has been at the heart of another hugely successful year for the All Blacks with his superb line-out skills, ball carrying ability and work at the breakdown playing a huge role in a June series win against England, the Rugby Championship title and a strong November series."

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