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All Blacks lose to Bayern Munich

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James Mortimer     26 Mar 2014     Getty Images

Steve Hansen's troops, who became the first Test team to go unbeaten in a year since the game went professional in 1996, were unable to claim what is generally recognised as the greatest prize for a sporting side.

The All Blacks have been nominated previously for the Laureus Award in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012.

The only rugby teams to claim the award at this point is England in 2004 and the Springboks in 2008.