The World Rugby Awards are the ultimate accolade for excellence in rugby on and off the field from community to elite level. The 2018 event, under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco, will take place on 25 November at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo following a record-breaking debut in the Principality in 2017. The World Rugby Awards 2017 announced the following winners:

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World Rugby Men’s Player of the Year in association with Mastercard –  Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)
World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year in association with Mastercard –  Portia Woodman (New Zealand)
World Rugby Team of the Year  – New Zealand Women's 15s
World Rugby Coach of the Year  – Eddie Jones (England)
World Rugby Referee Award  –  Joy Neville (Ireland)
IRPA Try of the Year  –  Joaquin Tuculet (Argentina)
World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year in association with Tudor – Rieko Ioane (New Zealand)
World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC – Perry Baker (USA)
World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC – Michaella Blyde (New Zealand)
IRPA Special Merit Award  – Rachael Burford (England) and Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
Award for Character - Eduardo "Coco" Oderigo (Argentina)
Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service – Marcel Martin (France)