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McClennan ? who led the Kiwis to their 24-0 win over the Kangaroos at Elland Road Stadium in Leeds in last year?s Gillette Tri-Nations grand final - was presented the prestigious award in Sydney on Monday night.
Australian Skipper Darren Lockyer also became the second player to win two Gillette International Rugby League Player of the Year ? Golden Boot Awards.
The star stand-off who also picked up the award in 2003, joins former Australian halfback Andrew Johns as the only other to have claimed the award twice since its inception in 1985.
Great Britain skipper Jamie Peacock was named the forward of the year.
Australian born, English based referee, Ashley Klein was named the referee of the year.
The full list of winners in the 2006 International Rugby League Awards is:
Referee of the Year: Ashley Klein, Great Britain
Coach of the Year: Brian McClennan, New Zealand
New Comer of the Year: Greg Inglis, Australia
Back of the Year: Darren Lockyer, Australia
Forward of the Year: James Peacock, Great Britain
Golden Boot Winner: Darren Lockyer, Australia
The Golden Boot Honour Roll is:
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