Hosted the night before the World Rugby Conference and Exhibition, the World Rugby Awards will celebrate excellence in rugby, honouring the world's greatest players, coaches and true legends of the game.

The World Rugby Awards 2016 will be held on Sunday, 13 November at the Hilton London Metropole.

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£195 per person or £150 per person for delegates attending the World Rugby Conference and Exhibition
£1,500 per table of 10 guests

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For more information please contact World Rugby on +353 1 2409 207 or email


Daniel Carter was named World Rugby Player of the Year 2015 in association with MasterCard during a star-studded ceremony at Battersea Evolution in London on Sunday 1 November, joining Richie McCaw as a three-time recipient of the prestigious accolade. 

World champions New Zealand were named World Rugby Team of the Year and Australia coach Michael Cheika received the World Rugby Coach of the Year accolade after transforming the Wallabies in his 12 months at the helm, guiding them to The Rugby Championship title and the RWC 2015 final.

World Rugby Player of the Year in association with MasterCard – Daniel Carter, New Zealand
World Rugby Team of the Year – New Zealand
World Rugby Coach of the Year – Michael Cheika, Australia
World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year – Kendra Cocksedge, New Zealand
World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year – Nehe Milner-Skudder, New Zealand
World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC – Werner Kok, South Africa
World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year – Portia Woodman, New Zealand
World Rugby Referee Award – Nigel Owens
Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service – Nigel Starmer-Smith
Award for Character in association with Land Rover – Pakistan Rugby Union
Rugby World Cup Best Match Moment – Japan (v South Africa, RWC 2015)
IRPA Special Merit Award – Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland) and Nathan Sharpe (Australia)
IRPA Try of the Year – Julian Savea, New Zealand (v France)

Since its inception in 2001, the World Rugby Awards has recognised and celebrated the achievements of those involved at the highest level of the world game on the field, as well as acknowledging excellence in the areas of development and administration by those who demonstrate the values which forge the fellowship and sportsmanship so essential to rugby.

The World Rugby Award ceremonies have been held in various locations around the world, reflecting the global interest in the game: 

  • 2001    London, United Kingdom - Mayfair Theatre
  • 2002    London United Kingdom - Landmark Hotel
  • 2003    Sydney, Australia - Wharf 8
  • 2004    London, United Kingdom - Royal Lancaster Hotel
  • 2005    Paris, France - Pavillon d’Armenonville
  • 2006    Glasgow, Scotland - Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
  • 2007    Paris, France - Pavillon d’Armenonville
  • 2008    London, United Kingdom - Old Billingsgate
  • 2011    Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
  • 2015    London, England - Battersea Evolution

Contact World Rugby

For information on the World Rugby Awards please contact Melissa Kelliher at World Rugby, Communications Department.

By post:
World Rugby House
8-10 Pembroke Street Lower  
Dublin 2 

By email:
By telephone: +353 1 6658 458

By fax: +353 1 240 9201