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Ireland dominate World Rugby awards

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By ITN News Editor November 27, 2018 12:12

Ireland dominate World Rugby awards

World Rugby’s awards night in Monaco turned green as Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and Joe Schmidt led a treble of player, coach and team of the year triumphs.

With Schmidt at the helm in the stands and flyhalf Sexton pulling the strings on the pitch, Ireland won a Six Nations grand slam, claimed a 2-1 series victory in Australia and a clean sweep of four wins in their November internationals, highlighted by a first home win over New Zealand.In all, they won 11 of their 12 games in 2018 with the only setback coming in the first of the three-match series in Australia.Sexton is the first non-New Zealand winner since Frenchman Thierry Dusautoir in 2011 and the second Irishman after Keith Wood, who won the inaugural edition in 2001.New Zealand had claimed the team of the year award every year since 2009 but that also went to Ireland, for the first time.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 27, 2018 12:12
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