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.
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. The inaugural award was won by Isabelle Kelly, the Australia and Sydney Roosters centre.
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.
Likely winners from 1991 - 1998 are as follows :-
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
NOTE: Clubs shared the award in 1984, 1985 and 1988
|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|
|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|
|2018||Isabelle Kelly||Sydney Roosters||Centre|
- Kangaroos trio shortlisted for Golden Boot, AAP, dated 6 December 2013.
- "Makinson a surprise winner of Golden Boot". NRL. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
- "How Makinson beat big names to claim Golden Boot". NRL. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
- "RLIF to present 2018 Golden Boot for both male and female players". RLIF. 22 October 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
- "Kelly honoured to create Golden Boot history". NRL. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.