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Ireland sweep the board at rugby awards

Ireland have capped the greatest year in their rugby history by sweeping the board at the World Rugby awards in Monaco.

Johnny Sexton became the first Irishman to win the men’s player of the year award since Keith Wood in 2001 and Ireland boss Joe Schmidt won coach of the year.

The Six Nations champions were also named team of the year.

France’s Jessy Tremouliere picked up the women’s player of the year award.

It is the first time in seven years the award has gone to a player from outside of New Zealand.

Fly-half Sexton, 33, fought off competition from All Blacks duo Rieko Ioane and Beauden Barrett, who was looking to collect the award for the third straight time.