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Sexton misses out as All Black Retallickhas scoops Player of the Year award

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Jonathan Sexton, Ireland, is tackled by Matt Tooma and Adam Ashley-Cooper, Australia

Jonathan Sexton, Ireland, is tackled by Matt Tooma and Adam Ashley-Cooper, Australia

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Jonathan Sexton, Ireland, is tackled by Matt Tooma and Adam Ashley-Cooper, Australia

Johnny Sexton is celebrating an Irish win against Australia tonight but he has missed out on the world rugby player of the year award.

New Zealand lock Brodie Retallickhas scooped the gong after helping the All Blacks beat Wales 24-16.

Retallick, who made his debut in 2012, played in his 36th test for his 33rd win.

His workrate and powerful runs came to the fore this year, and his second-row partnership with Sam Whitelock has made them a pair to be feared.

Retallick was shortlisted by World Rugby, the new name for the International Rugby Board, for the award with fellow All Black Julian Savea, South Africa fullback Willie le Roux and No. 8 Duane Vermuelen, and Ireland flyhalf Sexton.

He's the fourth New Zealander to receive the award, following Richie McCaw (2006, 2009, 2010), Dan Carter (2005, 2012) and Kieran Read (2013).

The top-ranked All Blacks were also named team of the year for an eighth time, and Steve Hansen coach of the year for a third time in succession.

This year, New Zealand equalled the record of 17 straight wins by a major team, won another Rugby Championship, retained the Bledisloe Cup, whitewashed England in June, and swept its November tests against England, Scotland and Wales and the United States.

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