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'Wow', 'What?": ABs mixed on Laureus gong

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/04/2016

All Black flanker Sam Cane is taking it all in his stride after his side was named the world team of the year at the prestigious Laureus Sports Awards in Berlin.

They overcame stiff competition from the likes of the Champions League winners Barcelona, NBA champions the Golden State Warriors and the Mercedes Benz Formula One team.

It was the sixth time the All Blacks have been nominated for the prestigious world sport award but this was their first win.

"That award is for last year and all the years leading up to winning back-to-back world cups," Cane said.

"For everyone involved who has played their part it's pretty satisfying and for the team to be acknowledged like that is pretty special."

When asked if he would have liked to have been there in person to receive the award, Cane admitted he would have suffered stage fright.

"I probably would have been a bit star struck. It's a bit of a 'Who's Who' of world sport so I'm happy to be back here in Hamilton preparing for our game against the Hurricanes," he said.

Teammate Brodie Retallick was also pinching himself after waking up and finding out they had won.

"I didn't know those awards were held - to be fair it was the first time I had heard of it," he said.

The All Black lock wasn't even aware of the opposition they were up against and when informed he put things into perspective.

"That's some pretty big dogs in the sporting world," Retallick said.

The 2014 World Rugby Player of the year was also optimistic about what this would mean for the game globally with Sevens returning at the Rio Olympics.

"Anything like that is going to help people recognise the sport."

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