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Ireland named 2018 World Rugby Team of the Year while Schmidt takes top coach gong

Some going.

2018: What a year.
2018: What a year.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

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. Source: Dan Sheridan/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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