Rugby World Cup-winning fly-half Dan Carter has been named 2015 BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.

He beat Novak Djokovic, Katie Ledecky, Usain Bolt, Jordan Spieth and Serena Williams after the award was decided by a public vote for the first time.

Carter, 33, was an integral part of the New Zealand team that beat Australia 34-17 to win the World Cup in October.

The highest ever points scorer in Test rugby, he won the World Player of the Year award for a third time in 2015.

"I'm thrilled to have been voted BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year by the UK public," said Carter.

"It's been an incredible year for me on British soil and the support has been phenomenal.

"It was an incredibly competitive shortlist and I'm honoured to have been recognised alongside these great sportsmen and women from around the world."