BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 12: Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs looks on during the round nine NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)
The International Rugby League will award the Golden Boot trophies to the players deemed to have put in the best performances in full international matches in 2019 in both the men’s and women’s as selected by a panel of media.
The winners will be announced upon the completion of the final scheduled games for the year.
Tonga has two players at the top of the current list with Sio Siua Taukeiaho and Tui Lolohea performing well in the Oceania Cup and Great Britain matches.
New Zealand pair Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves have also been nominated, while Australian stars Damien Cook and Payne Haas are also upon the nominees.
John Bateman of Great Britain is the only representative for the nation on the list after a disappointing start to the Lions tour.
Fiji trio Viliame Kikau, Kevin Naiqama and Brandon Wakeman also received enough votes to be in contention for the award.
On the women’s side of things, Australian Jillaroos pair Jess Sergis and Ali Brigginshaw have been nominated.
NOMINATED PLAYERS SO FAR:
Men John Bateman (Great Britain) Damien Cook (Australia) Payne Haas (Australia) Viliame Kikau (Fiji) Tui Lolohea (Tonga) Kevin Naiqama (Fiji) Sio Siua Taukeiaho (Tonga) Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (New Zealand) Jared Waerea-HargreavesNew Zealand) Brandon Wakeham (Fiji)
Women Ali Brigginshaw (Australia) Jessica Sergis (Australia)