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All Blacks dominate Halberg Awards
ESPNscrum Staff
February 9, 2012
All Blacks captain poses with the Sportsman of the Year award, Halberg Awards, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, February 9, 2012
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw proudly displays the Sportsman of the Year honour he picked up at the Halberg Awards in Auckland © Getty Images
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The Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks were celebrating once again on Thursday night after taking nearly all the top prizes at New Zealand's annual sports awards.

Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry won the Coach of the Year Award, while All Blacks captain Richie McCaw won Sportsman of the Year and the All Blacks claimed the Team of the Year title. The All Blacks also won the top prize, the Halberg Award, and their World Cup triumph was also named New Zealand's Favourite Sporting Moment.

An emotional Henry, who has recently taken on a new role with the New Zealand Rugby Union, paid tribute to his former charges with McCaw, Jerome Kaino, Richard Kahui, Ali Williams and Kieran Read among those present. "I love you all," Henry said. "It's special. You feel very privileged picking up awards like this but a lot of people had a hand in it. Richie McCaw and the boys have been outstanding."

Halberg Awards:

2011 Halberg Award: All Blacks (Rugby)
New Zealand Sportsman of the Year: Richie McCaw (Rugby)
New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year: Valerie Adams (Athletics)
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year: Sophie Pascoe (para-swimming)
New Zealand Team of the Year: All Blacks (Rugby)
Coach of the Year: Sir Graham Henry (Rugby)
Emerging Talent Award: Jacko Gill (Athletics)
New Zealand's Favourite Sporting Moment: All Blacks (Rugby)
Sports Hall of Fame Induction: John Kirwan (Rugby), Philippa Baker and Brenda Lawson (Rowing)
The Lion Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award: Bruce Cameron (Weight-lifting, NZ Olympic selector)
Sport New Zealand Leadership Award: Sir Murray Halberg

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