The Rugby League World Golden Boot Award' is a rugby league award handed out anually 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 former players and international rugby league journalists.
The oldest winner of the award is Mal Meninga
, who won in 1989 at the age of 30. Of the sixteen winners only three have been forwards, Cameron Smith
at hooker in 2007, Andrew Farrell
at loose forward or second row in 2004 and Hugh McGahan
at second row in 1987.
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
has since repeated that feat, winning in 2003 and 2006 becoming the only player to win twice while playing in different... Read More