2018: What a year. Dan Sheridan/INPHO
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Ireland named 2018 World Rugby Team of the Year while Schmidt takes top coach gong

Some going.

IRELAND HAVE BEEN named World Rugby Team of the Year at a ceremony in Monte Carlo this evening to cap a phenomenal 2018.

A Grand Slam, a series win in Australia, and home wins over Argentina and the All Blacks — not bad at all.

It’s been an incredible year for Joe Schmidt’s side, and bodes extremely well with a World Cup just around the corner.

The man himself was also recognised accordingly as he scooped the 2018 World Rugby Coach of the Year award.

Joe Schmidt Joe Schmidt. Dan Sheridan / INPHO Dan Sheridan / INPHO / INPHO

Peter O’Mahony and Rory Best were at hand to collect the accolades, while Johnny Sexton was also crowned World Rugby Player of the Year.

- Updated after Sexton’s award was announced.

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