By Ailiadh Walsh
Andy Farrell was named Coach of the Year at a star studded World Rugby Awards Ceremony in Paris recently.
Farrell guided Ireland to 17 victories in a row – including 12 in 2023.
He also led Ireland to a first Grand Slam in five years.
The Wigan man wasn’t present in Paris for the awards but Bundee Aki, who was shortlisted for player of the year, picked up the prestigious award on his behalf – the first for an Ireland head coach since Joe Schmidt won in 2018.
Speaking about the award Farrell said:
“I would like to thank World Rugby for this recognition and congratulate the other nominees for their efforts this year,”
“Coaching is a demanding and hugely rewarding profession, with many highs and lows, and in accepting this award, I would like to pay tribute to the players and wider coaching and support staff who work tirelessly to bring success to Irish rugby. I am incredibly proud to work with such a talented and committed group.”
“This award is recognition for all those involved in Irish rugby and our incredible supporters who travel near and far to support us. I am honoured to accept this award on their behalf.”
More success for Ireland
It didn’t just stop there for the Irish on the night.
Former International Referee David McHugh was also honoured at the awards ceremony with the World Rugby Referee Award.
To top it all off, five of Farrell’s men were named in the World Rugby “Dream Team of the Year”.
Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Caelan Doris and Garry Ringrose made the team.
Bundee Aki made the team of the year and was also nominated for Player of the Year.
Of the 11 awards presented in Paris, nine were selected by the star-studded World Rugby Awards panels.
The International Rugby Players Men’s Try of the Year was decided by a fan vote on social media.