DUBLIN (AP) Kieran Read of New Zealand was voted the IRB player of the year on Tuesday, capping a season when he became the most prolific try-scoring No. 8 in world rugby.
Read beat South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth, Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny, Italy No. 8 Sergio Parisse and All Blacks winger Ben Smith to the prestigious award, which has been won by a New Zealand player four times in the past five years.
By scoring tries in five straight games up to the 30-22 win over England last month, Read took his overall international tally to 15 - eclipsing the record of compatriot Zinzan Brooke.