John Eales Medal

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The John Eales Medal is awarded to honour the best Australian rugby union player each year. The medal, which was launched in 2002, is jointly awarded each year by the Australian Rugby Union and the Rugby Union Players Association.

The medal is named after John Eales, arguably the most successful captain in the history of Australian Rugby.

Voting for the John Eales Medal is tallied after each Test match, with each Wallabies player awarding points on a 3–2–1 basis.

RUPA Chief Executive Tony Dempsey is quoted as saying:

This is the ultimate award. To be voted the best in your country by your own peers is the highest honour a player can hope to aspire to. Naming this award after Australia's most successful captain ever is fully endorsed by the Players. This has become one of the most sought after and coveted awards in Australian sport.

The winner of the 2017 medal, Israel Folau, was honoured for a record third time.[1]

List of winners[edit]

Season Winner
2002 George Smith
2003 Phil Waugh
2004 David Lyons
2005 Jeremy Paul
2006 Chris Latham
2007 Nathan Sharpe
2008 George Smith
2009 Matt Giteau
2010 David Pocock
2011 Kurtley Beale
2012 Nathan Sharpe
2013 Michael Hooper
2014 Israel Folau
2015 Israel Folau
2016 Michael Hooper
2017 Israel Folau
2018 David Pocock

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Israel Folau wins third John Eales medal after brilliant season with Wallabies". ABC News. Sydney. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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