Cape Town - Rugby World Cup-winning flyhalf Dan Carter has been named 2015 BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.
According to the allblacks website, Carter beat Novak Djokovic, Katie Ledecky, Usain Bolt, Jordan Spieth and
Serena Williams after the award was decided by a public vote for the
Carter, now playing rugby in France for
Racing 92 in Paris, was a key performer in New Zealand's successful
defence of the World Cup, playing leading hands in each of the
playoffs wins over France, South Africa and Australia en route to the
Webb Ellis Cup success.
It caps a fine year for Carter who ended
his international career as the highest points scorer of all-time while
also winning the World Rugby Player of the Year award for the third
"I'm thrilled to have been voted BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year by the UK public," Carter said.
"It's been an incredible year for me on British soil and the support has been phenomenal.
was an incredibly competitive shortlist and I'm honour to have been
recognised alongside these great sportsmen and women from around the
world," he said.
The award will be presented in Belfast on Sunday night, the first time it has been held in Northern Ireland.
man of the match in the final of the World Cup when New Zealand beat
Australia 34-17, Carter landed 19 points, including a key dropped goal
and long range penalty goal to end a possible Australian resurgence in
the second half of the game.