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 2018 winner is Tommy Makinson,[2] the first winger to win the award and the first English winner of the award since 2012.[3]

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) announced that the 2018 awards will be extended to include a Golden Boot for the best international female player.[4] The inaugural award was won by Isabelle Kelly, the Australia and Sydney Roosters centre.[5]

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 Nat Player Club(s) Position
1984 Australia Wally Lewis Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly Seagulls
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Five-eighth/Stand-off
1985 Australia Brett Kenny Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
Wigancolours.svg Wigan
Five-eighth/Stand-off
1986 Australia Garry Jack Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Fullback
19871 New Zealand Hugh McGahan Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Roosters Second-row
Australia Peter Sterling Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Halfback
1988 England Ellery Hanley Wigancolours.svg Wigan
Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers
Five-eighth/Stand-off
1989 Australia Mal Meninga Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Centre
19902 England Garry Schofield Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Five-eighth/Stand-off
1991-98 No award given
1999 Australia Andrew Johns Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Halfback/Scrum-half
2000 Australia Brad Fittler Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Five-eighth/Stand-off
2001 Australia Andrew Johns (2) Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Halfback/Scrum-half
2002 New Zealand Stacey Jones New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Halfback/Scrum-half
2003 Australia Darren Lockyer Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Fullback
2004 England Andrew Farrell Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Loose forward
2005 Australia Anthony Minichiello Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Fullback
2006 Australia Darren Lockyer (2) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Five-eighth
2007 Australia Cameron Smith Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Hooker
2008 Australia Billy Slater Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Fullback
2009 Australia Greg Inglis Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Centre
2010 New Zealand Benji Marshall Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Five-eighth
2011 Australia Johnathan Thurston North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Halfback/Scrum-half
2012 England Kevin Sinfield Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Five-eighth
2013 Australia Johnathan Thurston (2) North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Five-eighth
2014 New Zealand Shaun Johnson New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Halfback/Scrum-half
2015 Australia Johnathan Thurston (3) North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Halfback/Scrum-half
2016 Australia Cooper Cronk Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Halfback/Scrum-half
2017 Australia Cameron Smith (2) Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Hooker
Rugby League International Federation Golden Boot (For International Performances)
2018 England Tommy Makinson Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Wing

Likely winners from 1991 - 1998 are as follows :-[citation needed]

1991 - Greg Alexander (Penrith Panthers)

1992 - Alan Langer (Brisbane Broncos)

1993- Steve Renouf ( Brisbane Broncos)

1994 - Brett Mullins (Canberra Raiders)

1995 - Andrew Ettingshausen (Cronulla Sharks)

1996 - Laurie Daley (Canberra Raiders)

1997 - Andrew Johns (Newcastle Knights)

1998 - Brad Fittler (Sydney Roosters)

  • 1 The 1987 Golden Boot was shared by two winners
  • 2 Retrospective award made in 2011

By nationality[edit]

Wins Nationality
19 Australia Australia
5 England England
4 New Zealand New Zealand

By position[edit]

Wins Position
9 Five-eighth/Stand-off
8 Halfback/Scrum-half
4 Fullback
2 Centre
2 Hooker
1 positions
1 Second-row
1 Wing
0 Prop

By club[edit]

NOTE: Clubs shared the award in 1984, 1985 and 1988

Wins Club Years Nationality
5 Melbourne Storm 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017 Australia
3 Wigan Warriors 1985, 1988, 2004 England
3 Sydney Roosters 1987, 2000, 2005 Australia
3 North Queensland Cowboys 2011, 2013, 2015 Australia
2 Parramatta Eels 1985, 1987 Australia
2 Balmain Tigers 1986, 1988 Australia
2 Leeds Rhinos 1990, 2012 England
2 Newcastle Knights 1999, 2001 Australia
2 New Zealand Warriors 2002, 2014 New Zealand
2 Brisbane Broncos 2003, 2006 Australia
1 Wynnum Manly Seagulls 1984 Australia
1 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 1984 England
1 Canberra Raiders 1989 Australia
1 St Helens 2018 England
1 Wests Tigers 2010 Australia

Multiple winners[edit]

Number Player Years Nationality
3 Johnathan Thurston 2011, 2013, 2015 Australia
2 Andrew Johns 1999, 2001 Australia
2 Darren Lockyer 2003, 2006 Australia
2 Cameron Smith 2007, 2017 Australia

Women's award[edit]

Year Nat Player Club(s) Position
2018 Australia Isabelle Kelly Sydney Roosters Centre

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kangaroos trio shortlisted for Golden Boot, AAP, dated 6 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Makinson a surprise winner of Golden Boot". NRL. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  3. ^ "How Makinson beat big names to claim Golden Boot". NRL. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  4. ^ "RLIF to present 2018 Golden Boot for both male and female players". RLIF. 22 October 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Kelly honoured to create Golden Boot history". NRL. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.

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