- Publish Date
- Friday, 16 December 2016, 5:48AM
The world's best rugby player is now confirmed as New Zealand's best rugby player.
At a glittering black tie affair in Auckland tonight, All Blacks No 10 Beauden Barrett, the 25-year-old, the only man to score tries in the finals of a Rugby World Cup and Junior World Championship, won the coveted Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy (succeeding Ma'a Nonu in 2015) for his quality work with the Hurricanes and the All Blacks in 2016.
Barrett was the leading points scorer in both Super Rugby (223), for which he also annexed the player of the year gong, and the Rugby Championship. In all, he racked up 152 points in 2016 for the All Blacks, team of the year for the sixth straight season.
The event was something of a bonanza for the Barrett family, with younger brother Jordie, who toured as an apprentice with the All Blacks last month, scooping the age grade and Mitre 10 Cup player of the year awards.
The utility back showed his full array of skills in June for the New Zealand Under 20s, and then chalked up 123 points to help Canterbury to another Premiership crown.
Dane Coles, the world's best hooker, who was in line for the supreme award, played the best rugby of any player with Maori blood, and the Ngati Porou rake duly clinched the Tom French Memorial Cup.
Steve Hansen, already with the World Rugby coach of the year honour to his credit, claimed an unprecedented fifth successive New Zealand coach of the year title.
2016 ASB Rugby Awards winners:
New Zealand Rugby age grade player of the year:
Jordie Barrett (NZ Under 20s/Canterbury)
Charles Monro rugby volunteer of the year:
Gary Donovan (Suburbs RFC, Auckland)
NZRPA Kirk award:
New Zealand Rugby referee of the year:
Glen Jackson (Bay of Plenty)
Mitre 10 Heartland Championship player of the year:
Te Rangatira Waitokia (Wanganui)
Mitre 10 Cup player of the year:
Jordie Barrett (Canterbury)
Richard Crawshaw Memorial All Blacks Sevens player of the year:
Rieko Ioane (Auckland)
SKY Television fans' try of the year:
Isaiah Punivai (Christ's College)
Black Ferns Sevens player of the year:
Sarah Goss (Manawatu)
Investec Super Rugby player of the year:
Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)
Tom French Memorial Maori player of the year:
Dane Coles (Ngati Porou)
New Zealand Rugby women's player of the year:
Selica Winiata (Manawatu)
ASB rugby coach of the year:
Steve Hansen (All Blacks)
adidas team of the year:
Kelvin Tremain Memorial player of the year:
Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes/All Blacks)