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Dan Carter And All Blacks Nominated for Laureus Awards

Dan Carter And All Blacks Nominated for Laureus Awards After Rugby World Cup Win

BERLIN, March 2, 2016 – New Zealand sport is celebrating the Nomination of the All Blacks and Dan Carter for the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards.

The All Blacks have been nominated for the sixth time for the Laureus World Team of the Year Award after becoming the first team to win back-to-back Rugby World Cups and the first to win the competition three times. Led by coach Steve Hansen and captain Richie McCaw, who retired afterwards as the most capped player in Test history, they were inspired by Dan Carter, who was named Rugby Player of the Year.

Carter himself has been nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award. He missed most of the 2011 Rugby World Cup and has struggled with injury problems. In the final he kicked four penalties, two conversions and a drop goal and was named Man of the Match.

Carter said: "It's a huge honour, I know a lot about Laureus and the amazing work they do and the special Awards Ceremony they have. It's nice to be recognised for the year I had in 2015, it was a very special year, not only for me but also for the All Blacks and to be a part of that was amazing."

The names of the Nominees, six in each of seven categories, were announced today. The eventual winners will be revealed at the Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony in Berlin on April 18.

A glittering collection of the world’s great sports stars have been nominated, including three-time Laureus winner Usain Bolt, tennis No.1 Novak Djokovic, three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.

US tennis legend Serena Williams is again nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award – her record tenth Nomination for a Laureus Award - while the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and FC Barcelona are among those nominated for the Laureus World Team of the Year Award with the All Blacks. Two sportsmen are nominated in two categories: surfer Mick Fanning (Action and Comeback) and world No.1 golfer Jordan Spieth (Sportsman and Breakthrough).

For the full list of Nominees, click here

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