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The All Blacks Men’s Rugby team received the prestigious Laureus World Sport award as the outstanding team in professional sport worldwide in 2015. In addition, at the recent ceremony in Berlin, New Zealand’s Dan Carter received the “Player Comeback of the Year” award, a much deserved tribute to the All Blacks' fly-half who guided them to the 2015 Rugby World Cup championship William Webb Ellis Trophy.
The Laureus is a global sports-based charity founded by the companies Patron Richmont (third largest luxury products corporation), Daimler, and supported by Mercedes Benz and IWC Schaffhausen. Its motto is “Using the power of sport for social change.”
It operates the Laureus World Sports Academy, using 50 top athletes that appear worldwide at youth sporting events. The USA’s Edwin Moses, twice Olympic track gold medalist, serves as the current Chairman.
Other winners this year were: Novak Djokovic as Sportsman of the Year, Serena Williams as Sportswoman of the Year, and Breakthrough Performer was golf’s Jordan Spieth,
The All Blacks join an outstanding list of past team champions:
2015 All Blacks Rugby
2014 Germany Men’s Football
2013 European Ryder Cup
2012 FC Barcelona
2011 Spain Football
2010 Brawn of Formula One
2009 China Olympic
2008 South Africa Rugby
Congratulations to the All Blacks on their achievement, another feather in rugby’s cap.