Sexton, Schmidt and Ireland land World Rugby awards

26 November, 2018, 14:33 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
  • Ireland's Andrew Conway was the star of the show for Ireland

"You don't have to worry about that, we'll do that", Sexton said.

Schmidt played the role of mentor when he went to France and convince Sexton to end a largely unhappy two years at Racing 92.

Asked to assess just how good Ireland are, Gold replied: "They are up there with as good as I think I've ever seen, no question of a doubt".

Farrell, 43, joined the Ireland set-up in April 2016 as defence coach, having previously had a four-year spell as England assistant coach.

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne is similarly convinced that Farrell will be able to build upon the foundations that Schmidt has laid and said: "We are incredibly fortunate to have a coach of the calibre of Andy Farrell in Irish Rugby".

David Nucifora, the IRFU performance director, added: "Joe's contribution to Irish rugby is broader than just the success achieved with the national team".

The lynchpin playmaker also guided Leinster to the PRO14-Champions Cup double, before starring when Ireland toppled back-to-back world champions New Zealand 16-9 in Dublin earlier this month.

Jessy Tremouliere became the first French victor of the women's player of the year award having helped Les Bleues win the Six Nations Grand Slam.

In doing so, the 24-year-old Dyantyi became the first South African to win this prestigious award for players in their debut global season. If a No.10 wins an award like this it is down to the team around him and the coaching he gets making his job easier.

Ireland completed a clean sweep of victories across the autumn internationals
Ireland completed a clean sweep of victories across the autumn internationals

Schmidt, who was last night named World Rugby Coach of the Year, will leave after the 2019 World Cup.

"I'm so confident that we have such a great group".

Schmidt's Ireland contract expires after next year's World Cup in Japan and the 53-year-old admits he is still agonising about his decision.

"We were really conscious that they would be tough going, you don't beat Scotland not have something in the locker."

"We have some of the best coaches in the world and are led superbly".

Australia's only award victor was referee Angus Gardner, crowned referee of the year.

The award for try of year has been given to Brodie Retallick.

Former Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore and New Zealand Sevens legend DJ Forbes also earned special merit awards.

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