Inaugural winner Billy Slater, VB Kangaroos team-mate and Dally M winner Todd Carney, New Zealand captain Benji Marshall and England captain James Graham are among the finalists for the RLIF International Player of the Year Award to be presented tomorrow night at Eden Park.
The full Four Nations squads from New Zealand, England, Australia and Papua New Guinea will attend International Rugby League’s official awards night as the countdown continues to Saturday night’s historic Rugby League double-header which will re-open Eden Park.
The nominations for the 2010 RLIF International Player of the Year awards are:
Player of the Year: Darius Boyd (St George Illawarra), Todd Carney (Sydney Roosters), James Graham (St Helens), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Adrian Morley (Warrington), Pat Richards (Wigan), Billy Slater (Melbourne), Sam Tomkins (Wigan)
Coach of the Year: Richard Agar (Hull FC), Wayne Bennett (St George Illawarra), Michael Maguire (Wigan), Mal Meninga (Queensland), Brian Noble (Crusaders), Tim Sheens (Wests Tigers and Australia), Brian Smith (Sydney Roosters), Tony Smith (Warrington)
Rookie of the Year: Tom Briscoe (Hull FC), Kyle Eastmond (St Helens), Kieran Foran (Manly), Ben Matulino (Warriors), Sam Tomkins (Wigan), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters), Gareth Widdop (Melbourne)
Fullback of the Year: Darius Boyd (St George Illawarra), Shaun Briscoe (Hull Kingston Rovers), Josh Dugan (Canberra), Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta), Billy Slater (Melbourne), Sam Tomkins (Wigan), Brent Webb (Leeds), Paul Wellens (St Helens)
Winger of the Year: Tom Briscoe (Hull FC), Michael Gordon (Penrith), Ryan Hall (Leeds), Brett Morris (St George Illawarra), Pat Richards (Wigan), Chris Riley (Warrington), Akuila Uate (Newcastle), Manu Vatuvei (Warriors)
Centre of the Year: Chris Bridge (Warrington), Israel Folau (Brisbane), Matt Gidley (St Helens), Greg Inglis (Melbourne), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters), Matt King (Warrington), Jamie Lyon (Manly), Keith Senior (Leeds)
Five-eighth of the Year: Lee Briers (Warrington), Kevin Brown (Huddersfield), Todd Carney (Sydney Roosters), Darren Lockyer (Brisbane), James Maloney (Warriors), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Danny McGuire (Leeds), Sam Tomkins (Wigan)
Halfback of the Year: Cooper Cronk (Melbourne), Michael Dobson (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kyle Eastmond (St Helens), Thomas Leuluai (Wigan), Mitchell Pearce (Roosters), Scott Prince (Gold Coast), Luke Robinson (Huddersfield), Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland)
Prop of the Year: Petero Civoniceva (Penrith), Stuart Fielden (Wigan), James Graham (St Helens), Adrian Morley (Warrington), Frank-Paul Nuuausala (Sydney Roosters), Jamie Peacock (Leeds), David Shillington (Canberra), Michael Weyman (St George)
Hooker of the Year: Danny Buderus (Leeds), Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers), Nathan Friend (Gold Coast), Danny Houghton (Hull FC), Issac Luke (Souths), Michael Monaghan (Warrington), James Roby (St Helens), Cameron Smith (Melbourne)
Second-rower of the Year: Sam Burgess (Souths), Gareth Ellis (Wests Tigers), Ben Galea (Hull Kingston Rovers), Bronson Harrison (Canberra), Clint Newton (Hull Kingston Rovers), Sam Thaiday (Brisbane), Joel Tomkins (Wigan), Ben Westwood (Warrington)
Lock of the Year: Craig Fitzgibbon (Hull FC), Paul Gallen (Cronulla), Ben Harrison (Warrington), Luke Lewis (Penrith), Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan), Corey Parker (Brisbane), Glenn Stewart (Manly), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds)
Awards for individual Nations’ International Players of the Year and the International Referee of the Year will also be presented, along with the Spirit of Rugby League Award, which the RLIF presents to a person or persons deemed to have made a significant contribution to the game in their lifetime.
The RLIF International Player of the Year Awards were first presented in 2008 as part of the Rugby League World Cup celebrations.
The inaugural RLIF International Player of the Year was Australian and Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater while in 2009 Parramatta and Australian star Jarryd Hayne collected the major award.
The winners of this year’s RLIF International Player of the Year awards are judged by a select international panel based on performances from (and including) October 13, 2009 to October 3, 2010.
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Gonna be interesting.
Carney and Smith no doubt…although Benji deserves it
Pat Richards or Benji Marshall should win this…
Benji for sure - On and off the field.
Agree, Benji should win, surprised Gareth Ellis wasn’t nominated.
Coach of the year nominee - Tim Sheens…
Long Shot,but then you never know…
NOMINEES FOR THE RUGBY LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION AWARDS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Darius Boyd (St George Illawarra), Todd Carney (Sydney Roosters), James Graham (St Helens), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Adrian Morley (Warrington), Pat Richards (Wigan), Billy Slater (Melbourne), Sam Tomkins (Wigan)
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Richard Agar (Hull FC), Wayne Bennett (St George Illawarra), Michael Maguire (Wigan), Mal Meninga (Queensland), Brian Noble (Crusaders), Tim Sheens (Wests Tigers and Australia), Brian Smith (Sydney Roosters), Tony Smith (Warrington)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
Tom Briscoe (Hull FC), Kyle Eastmond (St Helens), Kieran Foran (Manly), Ben Matulino (Warriors), Sam Tomkins (Wigan), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters), Gareth Widdop
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I follow the English game and for Michael Maguire who was the assistant coach at Melbourne to get a Premiership at his first attempt was a mighty fine effort but for mine the award has to go to Brian Noble at the Crusaders.
After a less than stellar debut in 2009 the Crusaders were about to become yet another victim of the GFC as their benefactor could no longer support the club, the Crusaders lost players because of Visa irregularities and moved to Wrexham after being rescued by the local soccer club.
No coach and no players at the start of 2010 saw the Crusaders appoint Brian Noble as coach and then assemble a rag tag bunch of players that included many ex Wests Tigers players, a handful of remaining Crusaders, a few token Welsh boyos and some fringe ESL players.
The first couple of weeks they copped some frightful hidings as the draw saw them take on the ESL heavyweights in the opening month, after they saw off the big guns they slowly gained a few wins and at the end of an outstanding season under the circumstances , on the final weekeend of the ESL qualified for the final spot in the playoffs, I didn’t rate Brian Noble as a coach prior to this as he always had the players at a huge budget club, but to pull off such a feat in the face of oblivion is truly a great effort, and now he is jobless for 2011.
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Wont be benji, he didnt even get 5/8 of the year - Carney did.
these awards are hard to work out what they are actually for.
Is it for International Player of the Year (Test Football) or is it the Player of the Year Internationally (All Forms of Football).
If you look at the Rookie list, these players arent rookies playing Rugby League, some are in there 3rd year. But they are rookie Test Footballers?! Then you have people like Pat Richards and Todd Carney who havnt played Football at Test Level this year nominated for Player of the Year. (sorry if pat has played a stodg game for ireland or something)
Carney named RLIF player of the year
Ian Mccullough19:33 AEST Wed Nov 3 2010
Sydney Roosters playmaker Todd Carney completed his stunning return to rugby league on Wednesday by picking up the RLIF International Player of the Year award.
Carney, who only joined the Roosters at the start of 2010 after being sacked by Canberra in 2008 and banned for a year for a series of off-field indiscretions, received the award from former Australian captain Wally Lewis at Eden Park in Auckland.
The 24-year-old is the third Australian in the three-year history of the award to pick up the prize, which is voted on by members of the international media and former players.
He follows in the footsteps of Melbourne’s Billy Slater and Parramatta fullback Jarryd Hayne who won in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
Carney, who spent the 2009 season rebuilding his life and his career playing district football in the north Queensland town of Atherton, was honoured for a memorable season that saw him guide the Roosters from wooden-spooners to grand finalists.
Although he was unable to prevent St George Illawarra winning a first NRL premiership, Carney’s displays had already seen him scoop the Dally M Medal in September and earn a first-ever international call-up to the Kangaroos’ Four Nations squad.
In addition to being awarded the prize for the world’s best player, Carney was also named five-eighth in the international team of the year.
Dragons coach Wayne Bennett received the Coach of the Year prize after ending the joint-venture’s long wait for a premiership, with a 32-8 victory over the Roosters in October.
England’s Sam Tomkins, of Super League champions Wigan, was named rookie of the year following a superb season that saw the Warriors win their first premiership in 12 years under the guidance of highly-rated Australian coach Michael Maguire.
Carney was joined in the team of the year by Kangaroos teammates Luke Lewis, who was named lock of the year, Robbie Farah, who picked up the hooker of the year accolade, and Dragons fullback Darius Boyd.
Gold Coast halfback Scott Prince was also included, along with the Roosters’ Kiwi centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Wests Tigers and England second-rower Gareth Ellis.
Carney said winning the award was one of the proudest moments of his career.
“This is a huge honour, to be awarded this prize with so many great players in the world is very special,” said Carney.
"Hopefully I can now get some game time with the Kangaroos as I haven’t played yet.
“I’ve been working very hard with the Emus (the players outside the starting 17) and maybe I should go and knock on Tim Sheens’ door and ask for a game!”
When we actually work out what these awards are for, Well done Robbie and Gareth…
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How does Carney win it?
He hasnt even played international footy
What’s Benji have to do? He’ had his best season for WT and is national captain of the form team of the 4 nations so far.
Carney hasn’t played any international football, and he completely went missing in the GF.
And, surely this award should be announced after the 4 nations, not halfway thru it.
He’s the best: gong recognises Carney as No.1 player in world
November 4, 2010
Todd Carney is no doubt tiring of musing on how far he has come in such a short time, but his rise just continues, and last night he was crowned the best rugby league player in the world.
The 24-year-old is about to take his eventful season further by claiming an Australian jersey for the Kangaroos’ final Four Nations pool match, against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday night.
Carney can now claim a journey from the Atherton Roosters to heading off the cream of world rugby league after being named the International Player of the Year at a dinner at Eden Park, which will be the venue of his first Test.
‘‘It’s another milestone and something I never even thought was possible as a kid growing up,’’ Carney said. ‘‘It’s amazing. I didn’t think of those things in my wildest dreams, and they just keep happening. It’s something that I’ll never forget.’’
Australian coach Tim Sheens is set to play all of his seven Emus, or fringe players, against the Kiwis. Two of the seven joined Carney in winning awards last night. Darius Boyd was named fullback of the year but he is likely to play on the wing for Australia, while Robbie Farah outpointed Cameron Smith for the best hooker award, even though the Melbourne player is the first-choice Kangaroos rake.
Luke Lewis was also named lock of the year, while Carney’s Roosters teammate Shaun Kenny-Dowall was the only Kiwi to win an award, picking up the gong for best centre.
Wayne Bennett, who guided StGeorge Illawarra to a maiden premiership as a merged club, toppling Carney’s Roosters, was named coach of the year by the selection panel, which includes identities from both hemispheres.
But it was the award to Carney that topped all of them.
After being sacked by Canberra in 2008, Carney played for Atherton in Far Northern Queensland before signing with the Roosters in an attempt to rebuild his career. A Dally M medal and a grand final would have been sufficient, but he has continued his resurgence with the top award in international rugby league, beating the likes of Boyd, Melbourne’s Billy Slater and Kiwi Benji Marshall to the prize.
Carney has achieved the somewhat remarkable honour of being dubbed the game’s best player without ever playing a Test.
‘‘I didn’t even think it was possible until the other day when someone rang me and said I was up for it,’’ Carney said.
Carney, who was handed the award by rugby league Immortal Wally Lewis at a dinner attended by the entire Kangaroos squad, has become the third Australian to win the award, following Jarryd Hayne’s victory last year and Slater’s in 2008.
Carney paid tribute to the people who had stuck by him during his troubles. ‘‘You get a lot of people who think they know right,’’ he said.
‘‘A lot of the time, some people are just there trying to help so they can get their name in the mix. Knowing that I’ve been down to the lowest point, you find out the ones that do care. They’re the ones that are still standing by me.’’
Player of the Year: Todd Carney
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Rookie: Sam Tomkins
Fullback: Darius Boyd
Winger: Pat Richards
Centre: Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Five-eighth: Todd Carney
Halfback: Scott Prince
Prop: Adrian Morley
Hooker: Robbie Farah
Second-rower: Gareth Ellis
Lock: Luke Lewis
Referee: joint winners, Tony Archer (Australia) and Richard Silverwood (England)
Spirit of Rugby League Award: Ron McGregor