Former New Zealand international Dan Carter has been rewarded for his fine year by scooping the 2015 Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award. The experienced fly-half, who holds the all-time record for number of points scored in test rugby, was instrumental in helping the All Blacks to become the first team to retain their World Cup crown in England this summer.
Carter, 33, produced a trademark man-of-the-match display and kicked 17 points at Twickenham as Steve Hansen's side triumphed 34-17 over rivals Australia to claim the coveted Webb Ellis trophy in his 112th and final cap. Such a performance earned him the World Rugby Player of the Year award for the third time in 10 years and he has now also resisted competition from the likes of Novak Djokovic, Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Katie Ledecky and Jordan Spieth to claim the prestigious BBC gong.
"I'm thrilled to have been voted BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year by the UK public," he said. "It's been an incredible year for me on British soil and the support has been phenomenal.
"It was an incredibly competitive shortlist and I'm honoured to have been recognised alongside these great sportsmen and women from around the world."
Since retiring from All Black duty, Carter has become the highest-paid player in world rugby after completing his move to Top 14 outfit Racing 92. He made his debut for the club in last weekend's 33-3 Champions Cup demolition of Northampton in Colombes and kicked all three penalties during the drawn return clash at Franklin's Gardens on 18 December.