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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch in 2015, Berlin

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:

Year    Team

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.