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, took place on 25 November at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo following a record-breaking debut in the Principality in 2017. 

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The World Rugby Awards 2018 announced the following winners:

World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year, in association with Mastercard – Johnny Sexton (Ireland) 
World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year, in association with Mastercard 
– Jessy Trémoulière (France)
World Rugby Team of the Year 
– Ireland
World Rugby Coach of the Year 
– Joe Schmidt (Ireland)
World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year in association with TUDOR 
– Aphiwe Dyantyi (South Africa)
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 
– Michaela Blyde (New Zealand)
World Rugby Referee Award 
– Angus Gardner (Australia)
Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service
 – Yoshiro Mori (Japan)
Award for Character in association with Land Rover 
– Doddie Weir (Scotland)
Spirit of Rugby Award in association with Dove Men+Care 
– Jamie Armstrong, The Clan (Scotland)
IRP Special Merit Award 
– Stephen Moore (Australia) and DJ Forbes (New Zealand)
IRP Try of the Year 
– Brodie Retallick (New Zealand v Australia)