The Golden Boot is awarded each year to the player adjudged by a panel of
experts to have been the outstanding world player of the year. But this
year the members of two leading Rugby League websites - Totalrl.com based
in the United Kingdom, and Leagueunlimited.com based in Australasia - will
be entitled to cast their votes, with each website counting as one panel
member out of a total of 14 panellists. The remaining twelve panel members
comprise leading Rugby League commentators, writers and former players. |
Voting for the 2007 'Rugby League World' Golden Boot award will begin on
Saturday 17 November, after the France v New Zealand Test match.
Six players have been shortlisted to win the this year's award and fans
can help to decide the winner by voting on either of the Total Rugby
League or League Unlimited fans' forum websites.
The Golden Boot award was inaugurated in 1985 to give recognition to the
world's best Rugby League players. Queensland and Australia captain Wally
Lewis scooped the first award, with other legendary figures including
Brett Kenny, Ellery Hanley, Mal Meninga, Andrew Johns, Stacey Jones and
Darren Lockyer also winning the coveted title.
The panel will decide on the award and also the make up of the annual
World XIII and the International Awards.
The six contenders for the Golden Boot are (in alphabetical order):
Roy Asotasi (South Sydney Rabbitohs & New Zealand)
Gareth Ellis (Leeds Rhinos & Great Britain)
Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos & Great Britain)
Steve Price (New Zealand Warriors, Queensland, Australia & All Golds)
Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm, Queensland & Australia)
Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys, Queensland & Australia)
The International awards are:
Best International Newcomer
Best International Referee
Best International Coach
Best International Back
Best International Forward
Best Developing Nations Player
The winners will be announced in December's issue of Rugby League World
magazine, which is on sale on Friday 30 November.