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The All Blacks have been nominated for the prestigious Laureus world team of the year award, for the second year in succession.

When the nominations were announced in Barcelona yesterday, the world’s top-ranked rugby side were listed alongside UEFA Champions League soccer winners FC Barcelona, the European Ryder Cup golf team, the Italian World Cup soccer team, the Renault Formula One team and the world championship-winning Spanish basketball team.

The All Blacks confirmed their status as the best rugby team in the world last year, winning the Tri-Nations championship for a seventh time, beating Ireland twice and Argentina and inflicting a record 41-20 defeat on England at Twickenham in November before twice beating France, one a crushing 47-3 victory in Lyon, and then Wales.

The All Blacks also had a clean sweep of the major rugby awards in 2006.

In addition to winning the International Rugby Board team of the year award, Graham Henry was named coach of the year and captain Richie McCaw was selected as player of the year.

Voting by 1068 journalists from 128 countries has closed.

The winners will be announced during a televised awards ceremony staged in Barcelona on April 2.

365 Digital

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