RLIF Awards

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The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) currently oversees and awards the major international sporting award for rugby league on an annual basis and has done so since its inception in 2004.

This ceremony awards the best referee, coach, developing nations player, international newcomer, captain and a team of the year.

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.

Coinciding with the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, the RLIF Awards were rebranded and the old award system was replaced.[1]

Golden Boot

The Rugby League World Golden Boot Award is given to the international player of the year, as determined by a ballot of international rugby league writers and broadcasters. The Golden Boot was founded in 1985 and is awarded by the British magazine Rugby League World. It was presented during the RLIF Awards from 2004 to 2006. Since 2007 it has continued to be presented to player deemed best in the world.

International Player of the Year

Described as rugby league's most prestigious individual honour,[2] the International Player of the Year award is given to the world’s best player[3] as voted upon by an international judging panel comprising journalists, broadcasters and former international players drawn from both the northern and southern hemispheres.[4]

International Coach of the Year

Rookie of the Year

International Referee of the Year

RLIF Spirit of Rugby League Award

RLIF Team of the Year

Nations' International Players of the Year

Presented to the best player from each country.

  • 2008
  • 2009

Awards No Longer Presented

International Newcomer of the Year

Developing Nations Player of the Year

International Back of the Year

International Forward of the Year

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