If you've just gotten over the monumental win against The All Blacks two weekends ago, and the match against The USA didn't quite reach the highs you were expecting, here's another reason to be proud to be an Irish rugby fan today.

The World Rugby Awards took place last night in Monte Carlo. And after the incredible year that Ireland achieved, it's only right that a few awards were thrown our way. Sexton was awarded 'World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year Award,' and unfortunately was unable to give a speech due to catching a throat infection.

Fellow team-mate Rory Best reads Sexton's speech from his mobile, and is quick off the mark, saying "Johnny has gotten too big now to talk for himself." After a brief interruption when Sexton also receives a text message, Best goes on to say "If a number 10 wins an awards like this, it's due to the team around him and his coaching.

"His coaches make his job easier. We have some of the best coaches in the world, and are led superbly by me (Best) and Pete." Best finishes off Sexton's speech, saying "Also, would like to thank my wife Laura, who has been with me since the start. We have three young kids, and she does absolutely everything to allow me to concentrate on the day itself."

Here's the full speech for your viewing pleasure.

Sexton is the first Irishman since Keith Wood in 2001 to win the award. Joe Schmidt also won the 'Coach of the Year' last night, and Ireland were awarded 'Team of the Year'.

The team must be elated, ahead of The Rugby World Cup next year.