Barrett named New Zealand’s Player of the Year

10:38 AM GMT

All Blacks star Beauden Barrett has been crowned Player of the Year at the end-of-year New Zealand Rugby awards.

Barrett, who was named World Rugby Player of the Year in November, had a remarkable 2016 where he was leading points scorer in both Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship.

Steve Hansen was named Coach of the Year but it was an evening dominated by the Barretts.

Beauden Barrett also picked up the Super Rugby Player of the Year gong while his younger brother, Jordie, was named Age Grade Player of the Year and Mitre 10 Cup Player of the Year.

“There is something very special in recognising our best people on the field alongside the people who give their very best off it,” NZRU chairman Brent Impey said. “That support at the community level is a key reason rugby is thriving. Registered player numbers now tip 155,000, with solid increases in the number of young players, women and girls picking up the ball.

“Rugby has an incredible power to bring people together. New Zealanders, international fans, commercial partners, administrators and everyone else: we want them all to connect with us and our game, and be inspired.

“Making everyone feel included in our game is a real and important priority for us because we know that if we get this right then our game really will be the best it can be.”

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