Rugby League World Golden Boot Award

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The Rugby League World Golden Boot Award is a rugby league award handed out annually for achievements in rugby league by Rugby League World magazine. The Golden Boot is given, usually in December after the conclusion of all the year's matches, to the player adjudged to be the best in the world, as determined by a ballot of international media representatives.[1]

The oldest winner of the award is Kevin Sinfield, who won in 2012 at the age of 32. The current holder is halfback Johnathan Thurston, who won the award for a record third time.

History[edit]

The award was founded in early 1985 by the British magazine Open Rugby and was awarded to Wally Lewis for his performances throughout 1984. Lewis and the other pre-1990 winners were initially recognised for the years that they collected the award, not for the year of their performances, but this was changed by Rugby League World magazine in 2010.

No award was made between 1990 and 1998 due to organisational difficulties, the award was resurrected in its original format in 1999 when Open Rugby changed ownership to become Rugby League World Magazine, which retained ownership of the Golden Boot.

Andrew Johns collected the award in 1999 and again in 2001, becoming the first player to win it twice. Darren Lockyer repeated that feat, winning in 2003 and 2006 becoming the first player to win twice while playing in different positions.

It was presented during the RLIF Awards in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2007, the RLIF did not organise any awards. To fill the gap, Rugby League World magazine asked its Golden Boot panel to come up with winners in the existing categories used by the RLIF.

In 2011, Rugby League World magazine began to award retrospective Golden Boots to fill in "the missing years" starting with Garry Schofield who was adjudged to have won the 1990 Golden Boot. Schofield was due to receive the award at the time, until the sponsors, Adidas, withdrew their backing.

Winners[edit]

Year Nationality Player Position Club
1984  Australia Wally Lewis Five-eighth Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1985  Australia Brett Kenny Five-eighth Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
1986  Australia Garry Jack Fullback Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers
1987  New Zealand Hugh McGahan second-row Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
 Australia Peter Sterling Halfback Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
1988  England Ellery Hanley Five-eighth Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1989  Australia Mal Meninga centre Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
19902  England Garry Schofield Five-eighth Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1991-98 No award given
1999  Australia Andrew Johns halfback Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
2000  Australia Brad Fittler Five-eighth Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2001  Australia Andrew Johns halfback Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
2002  New Zealand Stacey Jones halfback New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors
2003  Australia Darren Lockyer fullback Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2004  England Andrew Farrell loose forward Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2005  Australia Anthony Minichiello fullback Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2006  Australia Darren Lockyer five-eighth Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2007  Australia Cameron Smith hooker Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2008  Australia Billy Slater fullback Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2009  Australia Greg Inglis centre Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2010  New Zealand Benji Marshall five-eighth Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
2011  Australia Johnathan Thurston halfback North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2012  England Kevin Sinfield five-eighth Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
2013  Australia Johnathan Thurston five-eighth North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2014  New Zealand Shaun Johnson halfback New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors
2015  Australia Johnathan Thurston halfback North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
  • 1 The 1987 Golden Boot was shared by two winners
  • 2 Retrospective award made in 2011

By nationality[edit]

By position[edit]

By club[edit]

Multiple winners[edit]

The following players have won the Golden Boot on more than one occasion:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kangaroos trio shortlisted for Golden Boot, AAP, dated 6 December 2013.

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