New Zealand fly-half  Dan Carter has followed up his man-of-the-match performance in Saturday's World Cup final by being crowned World Rugby Player of the Year.

Carter, who kicked 19 points including a sublime drop-goal in the 34-17 victory over Australia at Twickenham, has been recognised with the game's most prestigious individual award for a third time, a mark also held by All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

The 33-year-old beat New Zealand team-mate Julian Savea, Australia flanker Michael Hooper and number eight David Pocock, Wales second-row Alun Wyn Jones and Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw to the accolade.

New Zealand were inevitably named team of the year after becoming the first nation to defend the Webb Ellis Cup on Saturday, triumphing for an unprecedented third time.

Michael Cheika was recognised as Coach of the Year after inheriting an Australia squad that was beset by disciplinary problems 12 months ago before turning them into World Cup runners-up.

Nehe Milner-Skudder

New Zealand wing Nehe Milner-Skudder scooped the Breakthrough Player of the Year accolade.

The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges, chaired by 1999 World Cup-winning captain John Eales and made up of former internationals, media and the current tournament's participating teams.

Ireland lock Sophie Spence was one of three nominees for the Women's Player of the Year award but lost out to New Zealand scrum-half Kendra Cocksedge.