Cape Town - Legendary All Black flyhalf Dan Carter was on Monday honoured with the Laureus Comeback of the Year Award at a ceremony in Berlin.
Carter succeeds Springbok flank Schalk Burger, who won the award last year.
On a glittering evening that recognised the outstanding sporting achievements of 2015, rugby was a big winner, with the world champion All Blacks receiving the Laureus Team Award.
“It’s nice to be recognised for the year I had in 2015. It was a very special year, not only for me, but also for the All Blacks and to be a part of that was amazing,” Carter said.
Tennis world No 1 Novak Djokovic won the major event of the night when he was crowned World Sportsman of the Year.
Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Novak Djokovic
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Laureus World Team of the Year: All Blacks
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Jordan Spieth
Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Dan Carter
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Daniel Dias
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Jan Frodeno