New Zealand great Dan Carter has won the prestigious Rugby Union Writers’ Club Pat Marshall Memorial Award as the sport’s personality of the year for 2015.
Carter was recognised at the club’s annual dinner in central London and follows in the footsteps of previous winners including Jonah Lomu, Jonny Wilkinson and Martin Johnson.
The 33-year-old five-eighth has amassed 112 caps during a 12-year Test career that reached its pinnacle with victory over Australia in the 2015 World Cup final. He was subsequently named world player of the year for an unprecedented third time.
“There are some amazing names on this trophy, so to have my name alongside these legends is very humbling,” said Carter, the fifth All Black to win the award.
“There’s David Kirk who helped win the inaugural World Cup in 1987. Obviously, there’s Jonah back in 1995 – an amazing athlete and top guy. Sean Fitzpatrick is there too.
“Jonny Wilkinson in 2003 – who could argue with that? It’s a huge honour to have my name sketched on this and be a part of history.”
Tankards were presented to England women’s most-capped player Rochelle Clark, Dave Townsend from Cheltenham RFC, Nick Oates of Wetherby RUFC and Terwyn Williams from London Welsh.