- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 8:18AM
They have proven nearly unbeatable in the rugby world and now the All Blacks have seen off the very best of every other code.
The Rugby World Cup champions this morning extended their dominance to a truly global scale, collecting the team of the year trophy at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin.
The award capped off a breakthrough evening for the All Blacks, after Dan Carter earlier in the night claimed the comeback of the year award.
Possessing a success rate of more than 90 per cent in the last four years and having become the first team to claim back-to-back World Cups, the All Blacks could be forgiven for becoming a little weary of the repetitive winning.
"To win this award is pretty special," McCaw said. "We're a little country from a long way away and just to be nominated and be among people like you is pretty amazing."
Dan Carter was also awarded with "Comeback Of The Year": the star was honoured for his efforts in leading the All Blacks to the Rugby World Cup in 2015, an achievement that followed the personal disappointment in 2011.
"It's a privilege to receive such a prestigious award," Carter said via video message. "It was a very special year for me in 2015, especially after the injury setbacks I've had over the last couple of years."