Eddie Jones named Coach of the Year at the World Rugby Awards but England boss passes the credit onto his players: 'It's great for the team'

  • Eddie Jones was named Coach of the Year at the World Rugby Awards on Sunday
  • He became the first England boss to win the gong since Clive Woodward in 2003
  • New Zealand's Beauden Barrett won Player of the Year for a second straight year

Eddie Jones was named Coach of the Year at the World Rugby Awards on Sunday night.

He is?the first England boss to win the prize since Sir Clive Woodward in 2003.

Jones was voted above All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and Wales coach Warren Gatland at the awards ceremony in Monaco.

Eddie Jones was named Coach of the Year at the World Rugby Awards on Sunday evening

Eddie Jones was named Coach of the Year at the World Rugby Awards on Sunday evening

He is the first England boss to win the gong since Clive Woodward, who presented the award

He is the first England boss to win the gong since Clive Woodward, who presented the award

Australian Jones received a standing ovation as he walked onto the stage to collect his prize

Australian Jones received a standing ovation as he walked onto the stage to collect his prize

New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett was named Player of the Year for a second straight year

New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett was named Player of the Year for a second straight year

Barrett posed for a photo with?Portia Woodman, who was named Women's Player of the Year

Barrett posed for a photo with?Portia Woodman, who was named Women's Player of the Year

Woodman has had a superb 12 months, playing both the fifteen and seven-a-side modes

Woodman has had a superb 12 months, playing both the fifteen and seven-a-side modes

The Australian has steered England to nine wins from 10 Tests in 2017 and claimed the best is yet to come as he builds towards the World Cup in 2019.

'It's great for the team,' said Jones, who was handed his award by Sir Clive.

'It's a reflection of our team, the great players and the staff. The only reason I took the job was because I thought they had very good players.

'There was just something a little bit missing and the players have been able to find that. We're halfway through the project so we've still got a couple of good years to go.'

New Zealand's Beauden Barrett won Player of the Year for the second year running.

Another New Zealander, Portia Woodman, was named Women's Player of the Year.

Barrett, 26, was accompanied at the ceremony in Monte Carlo by girlfriend Hannah Laity

Barrett, 26, was accompanied at the ceremony in Monte Carlo by girlfriend Hannah Laity

England and Saracens star Maro Itoje was also in attendance at the event on Sunday night

England and Saracens star Maro Itoje was also in attendance at the event on Sunday night

Former South African international Jean de Villiers was there with his wife Marlie de Villiers

Former South African international Jean de Villiers was there with his wife Marlie de Villiers

Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley showed up with his fiancee Joanne Tromans

Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley showed up with his fiancee Joanne Tromans

Perry Baker of the United States won the World Rugby Men's Sevens Player of the Year Award

Perry Baker of the United States won the World Rugby Men's Sevens Player of the Year Award

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