The back-to-back Rugby World Cup champions and three-time holders of the William Webb Ellis Cup have received the major gong at the prestigious Laureus Sports Awards.
“Just to be nominated we are truly humbled” says Richie McCaw, former All Blacks captain, who alongside head coach, Steve Hansen received the award.
Other nominees up for the award were FC Barcelona (football), Mercedes AMG Petronas (F1), the USA Womens Football side, the British Davis Cup team (Golf), and the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry, who just this year eclipsed the 19-year old NBA record for most wins in the 82-game season (73-9), a record previously held by Michael Jordan and the 1996-1997 Chicago Bulls (72-10).
“We play a huge part, as sportspeople, in changing the planet for humans, especially the little ones running around on it” adds Hansen.
All Blacks, and Racing 92 first-five, Dan Carter also completed the double for the All Blacks camp, taking home the World Comeback of the Year award.
Carter, who did not attend the ceremony as he prepared the European Champions Cup semi-final against Leicester in England.
“Richie (McCaw), please get the trophy home safely!” joked Carter.
Other world sporting personalities honoured at the ceremony was tennis star, Novak Djokovic (Sportsman of the Year), Serena Williams (Sportswoman of the Year), and PGA sensation Jordan Spieth who was named the World Breakthrough of the Year.
Te Kāea reporter Raniera Harrison will have more tonight at 5:30pm. He'll also chat with an integral piece of the All Blacks successful 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign.