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All Blacks’ McCaw earns accolade

AFP-JIJI

Talismanic All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has been named New Zealand’s player of the year for the fourth time.

At an awards ceremony on Friday night, McCaw beat Kieran Read and Conrad Smith for the top accolade which he previously won in 2003, 2006 and 2009.

Flyhalf Dan Carter was earlier in the month named the IRB’s international player of the year ahead of McCaw but failed to make the list of finalists for the New Zealand award.

McCaw, who played in 13 of the All Blacks’ 14 tests this year, is now taking an extended break from rugby and will sit out next year’s Super 15 championship and the June Tests against France.