Rugby League World Golden Boot Award

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 Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) announced that the 2018 awards will be extended to include a Golden Boot for the best international female player.[2] The inaugural award was won by Isabelle Kelly, the Australia and Sydney Roosters centre.[3]


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 - MenEdit

Year Nat Player Club(s) Position
1984   Wally Lewis   Wynnum-Manly Seagulls
  Wakefield Trinity
1985   Brett Kenny   Parramatta Eels
1986   Garry Jack   Balmain Tigers Fullback
19871   Hugh McGahan   Eastern Suburbs Roosters Second-row
  Peter Sterling   Parramatta Eels Halfback
1988   Ellery Hanley   Wigan
  Balmain Tigers
1989   Mal Meninga   Canberra Raiders Centre
19902   Garry Schofield   Leeds Five-eighth/Stand-off
1991-98 No award given
1999   Andrew Johns   Newcastle Knights Halfback/Scrum-half
2000   Brad Fittler   Sydney Roosters Five-eighth/Stand-off
2001   Andrew Johns (2)   Newcastle Knights Halfback/Scrum-half
2002   Stacey Jones   New Zealand Warriors Halfback/Scrum-half
2003   Darren Lockyer   Brisbane Broncos Fullback
2004   Andrew Farrell   Wigan Warriors Loose forward
2005   Anthony Minichiello   Sydney Roosters Fullback
2006   Darren Lockyer (2)   Brisbane Broncos Five-eighth
2007   Cameron Smith   Melbourne Storm Hooker
2008   Billy Slater   Melbourne Storm Fullback
2009   Greg Inglis   Melbourne Storm Centre
2010   Benji Marshall   Wests Tigers Five-eighth
2011   Johnathan Thurston   North Queensland Cowboys Halfback/Scrum-half
2012   Kevin Sinfield   Leeds Rhinos Five-eighth
2013   Johnathan Thurston (2)   North Queensland Cowboys Five-eighth
2014   Shaun Johnson   New Zealand Warriors Halfback/Scrum-half
2015   Johnathan Thurston (3)   North Queensland Cowboys Halfback/Scrum-half
2016   Cooper Cronk   Melbourne Storm Halfback/Scrum-half
2017   Cameron Smith (2)   Melbourne Storm Hooker
Rugby League International Federation Golden Boot (For International Performances)
2018   Tommy Makinson   St. Helens Wing
2019   Roger Tuivasa-Sheck   New Zealand Warriors Fullback
  • 1 The 1987 Golden Boot was shared by two winners
  • 2 Retrospective award made in 2011

By nationalityEdit

Wins Nationality
19   Australia
5   England
  New Zealand

By positionEdit

Wins Position
9 Five-eighth/Stand-off
8 Halfback/Scrum-half
5 Fullback
2 Centre
2 Hooker
1 Lock/Loose forward
1 Second-row
1 Wing
0 Prop

By clubEdit

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
3 New Zealand Warriors 2002, 2014, 2019 New Zealand
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 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 winnersEdit

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

Winners - WomenEdit

Year Nat Player Club(s) Position
2018   Isabelle Kelly Sydney Roosters Centre
2019   Jessica Sergis St. George Illawarra Dragons Centre

By nationalityEdit

Wins Nationality
2   Australia

By positionEdit

Wins Position
2 Centre

By clubEdit

Wins Club Years Nationality
1 Sydney Roosters 2018 Australia
1 St George Illawarra Dragons 2019 Australia

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kangaroos trio shortlisted for Golden Boot, AAP, dated 6 December 2013.
  2. ^ "RLIF to present 2018 Golden Boot for both male and female players". RLIF. 22 October 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Kelly honoured to create Golden Boot history". NRL. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.

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