The serious awards…
Team of the year - New Zealand
If anyone argues with this, they can take a running jump off a cliff convenient to them. On home soil they delivered and won the trophy which has eluded them for 24 years. The All Blacks have been considered the best team in the world for the best part of a decade and now, finally, it's official.
Player of the year, Northern Hemisphere — Sean O'Brien
There was a lot of umming and ahhing about this, but it got whittled down to O'Brien and Thierry Dusautoir and, quite frankly, over the whole year it must be the Irishman. He was key for both hisRead More »from Rugby awards for 2011