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Golden Boot shortlist: Four Aussies, Two Brits

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The shortlist for the 2012 Rugby League World Golden Boot will be announced on Monday 10th December.

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Who do you think should be on it and why?

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And this is what the winner will be getting...

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As much as I think he is the most boring person in the game and the fact it would make the idiots on south stander.com even worse, Kevin Sinfield should win it.

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And this is what the winner will be getting...

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Gven it's name, I find this a highly appropriate trophy for this award.

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ryan hall for me, at last we have british threequarter who is right up there with the best, easily the top winger in either code of rugby...........

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Shortlist would be Cam Smith, Billy Slater, Paul Gallen, and Ryan Hall as token UK rep. Smith to win the boot again.

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I wish people would stop assuming that just because a players plays in the NRL that they deserve it more than a SL player. You can't argue with what Sinfield has done and the out and out class of Sam Tomkins.

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for his achievements....................kevin sinfield

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FOUR AUSSIES, TWO BRITS MAKE THE 2012 GOLDEN BOOT SHORTLIST

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The Rugby League World Golden Boot, which is awarded every year to the best Rugby League player in the world, will be awarded this year to one of six candidates, whose names appear below in alphabetical order.

The name of the winner of the Golden Boot will be announced on 4 January in Rugby League World magazine and by press release on that day.

This year's contenders are:

Ben Barba, 23, is the only candidate for the Golden Boot who has not played for his country in 2012. But the Canterbury Bulldogs fullback has still had a memorable year. At the 2012 Dally M Awards he was awarded the Dally M Medal as the NRL's Player of the Year. He was voted the Dally M Fullback of the Year. He won the Peter Frilingos Memorial Award for providing the Headline Moment of the Year in Mackay, Queensland, for the Bulldogs against Melbourne Storm, when he collected the ball behind his own line and created a magnificent try over the length of the field for his team-mate Josh Morris. He won the Provan-Summons Medal as the People's Choice as Player of the Year. He won the Rugby League Players Association Player of the Year award. He was voted the Player of the Year by the Australian weekly publication Rugby League Week. He scored 22 tries in 27 games for the Bulldogs in 2012.

Cooper Cronk, 29, played for Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Australia in 2012. For the Storm, he won the Clive Churchill Medal as the man of the match in the NRL Grand Final, as the Storm defeated the Bulldogs 14-4. He played for Queensland in all three State of Origin games, scoring the winning field-goal in Queensland's thrilling 21-20 victory in the third game of 2012 that saw them win the State of Origin series for the seventh successive season, and he played for Australia in their two Tests against New Zealand. At the 2012 Dally M Awards Cronk was named the NRL's Halfback of the year, and he came third in the overall Dally M rankings.

Nate Myles, 27, was selected to play in all three matches of the 2012 State of Origin series for Queensland, and he was awarded the Wally Lewis Medal as the Player of the Series, which was won by Queensland for the seventh consecutive year. He also played for Australia in the Trans-Tasman Test in Townsville in October. At the 2012 Dally M Awards Myles was named the NRL's Second-row Forward of the Year. At the same event he was voted the NRL Representative Player of the Year.

Kevin Sinfield, 32, captained Leeds Rhinos to victory in the World Club Challenge against Manly Sea Eagles, and to victory in the Super League Grand Final against Warrington at Old Trafford. He also led Leeds to the Challenge Cup Final. He then went on to captain England to victory against France and Wales in the Autumn International Series. Sinfield won the Harry Sunderland Trophy as the Player of the Match in the Grand Final, gaining 27 of the 33 votes that were cast.

Cameron Smith, 29, is widely regarded as the best captain in Australia. In 2012 he captained Melbourne Storm to win the Grand Final, Queensland to win the State of Origin series, and Australia to win two games against New Zealand in their Trans-Tasman Test series. At the 2012 Dally M Awards Smith was named the NRL's Hooker of the Year. Cameron Smith is the only player in this year's shortlist who is a previous winner of the Golden Boot, having won it in 2007.

Sam Tomkins, 23, was the winner of the 2012 Man of Steel award, which is voted upon by his fellow players, as Super League's Player of the Season. He was voted the Super League Player of the Year by the Rugby League Writers Association. Tomkins is, like Ben Barba, a prolific tryscoring fullback, having scored 36 tries in 30 matches for Wigan in 2012. Tomkins also scored four tries in two games in the Autumn International Series.

Golden Boot - Roll of Honour

1984 Wally Lewis (Australia)

1985 Brett Kenny (Australia)

1986 Garry Jack (Australia)

1987 Hugh McGahan MBE (New Zealand) Shared

1987 Peter Sterling (Australia) Shared

1988 Ellery Hanley (Great Britain)

1989 Mal Meninga (Australia)

1990 Garry Schofield (Great Britain)

1991-1998 No award presented *

1999 Andrew Johns (Australia)

2000 Brad Fittler (Australia)

2001 Andrew Johns (Australia)

2002 Stacey Jones (New Zealand)

2003 Darren Lockyer (Australia)

2004 Andrew Farrell (Great Britain)

2005 Anthony Minichiello (Australia)

2006 Darren Lockyer (Australia)

2007 Cameron Smith (Australia)

2008 Billy Slater (Australia)

2009 Greg Inglis (Australia)

2010 Benji Marshall (New Zealand)

2011 Johnathan Thurston (Australia)

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I wish people would stop assuming that just because a players plays in the NRL that they deserve it more than a SL player. You can't argue with what Sinfield has done and the out and out class of Sam Tomkins.

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Sam Tomkins, 23, was the winner of the 2012 Man of Steel award, which is voted upon by his fellow players, as Super League's Player of the Season. He was voted the Super League Player of the Year by the Rugby League Writers Association. Tomkins is, like Ben Barba, a prolific tryscoring fullback, having scored 36 tries in 30 matches for Wigan in 2012. Tomkins also scored four tries in two games in the Autumn International Series.

I appreciate that this was written in an order, but I don't think it's fair to reference Tomkins in relation to one of the Aussies.

It demeans him a little bit and I notice it wasn't done the other way around.

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Its an award that means little if anything nowadays.

It would mean more if the players picked the winner.

Why is JT, James Graham or Paul Gallen not on the list?

JT along with Cam Smith are regarded by many good Judges the best players in the World in crucial game breaking positions, it should be a no brainer from that list Smith.

Its as credible as the WCC.

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Its an award that means little if anything nowadays.

It would mean more if the players picked the winner.

Why is JT, James Graham or Paul Gallen not on the list?

JT along with Cam Smith are regarded by many good Judges the best players in the World in crucial game breaking positions, it should be a no brainer from that list Smith.

Its as credible as the WCC.

That really is a nonsensical comment.

In relation to what the Golden Boot means to players, just ask those who have won it, from Wally Lewis onwards.

When I told Kevin Sinfield he was on the shortlist he was quite emotional about it, which, given Kevin's complete self control, is itself a sign of the Golden Boot's status among players.

The rationale for each player being on the shorlist is set out above. Of course there are other players who came near to being selected. It would be very surprising if there weren't. But no one could argue that the six players on the shorlist don't each have some outstanding achievements to their names in 2012.

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Read in the League Express today that Sinfield played the whole season with a broken wrist! Wow!

Im completely biased but I think he deserves this.

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I like what the organisers do with this, trying to give the International performances a weighting, but let us look at the Sinfield thing with a level head.

He captained his team to 5th place

He didn't make the SL Dream Team (Finch and O'Loughlin taking 6 and 13)

He didn't make the World XIII

He is a genuine Leeds legend, he is a great captain, he led Leeds brilliantly at Old Trafford, but I do think the hero-worship around him is at a level that surprises me.

No doubt I'll get bagged for being critical of Sir Kev :P but I'd actually pick any of the other players over him, and tbh as somebody else mentioned, I'd have had Ryan Hall in his place.

But, these things are subjective, it's just my view, if he did win it then congratulations go to him, he seems a nice bloke, a model professional and I'd have him in the Wire team any day of the week.

EDIT: Just read that Ryan Hall was Leeds Rhinos' player of the year.

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I like what the organisers do with this, trying to give the International performances a weighting, but let us look at the Sinfield thing with a level head.

He captained his team to 5th place

He didn't make the SL Dream Team (Finch and O'Loughlin taking 6 and 13)

He didn't make the World XIII

He is a genuine Leeds legend, he is a great captain, he led Leeds brilliantly at Old Trafford, but I do think the hero-worship around him is at a level that surprises me.

No doubt I'll get bagged for being critical of Sir Kev :P but I'd actually pick any of the other players over him, and tbh as somebody else mentioned, I'd have had Ryan Hall in his place.

But, these things are subjective, it's just my view, if he did win it then congratulations go to him, he seems a nice bloke, a model professional and I'd have him in the Wire team any day of the week.

EDIT: Just read that Ryan Hall was Leeds Rhinos' player of the year.

Could not agree more

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It seems to be a cumulative recognition for Sinfield, who has been very good (as opposed to excellent, imo) for a number of years. I don't think he's done any more this year than the last seven or eight.

He certainly deserves some recognition, but I'm not sure this is the right thing (when you consider the likes of Thurstan not making the list).

Hey ho. It is stuff like this that makes sport fun.

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He captained his team to 5th place

No he captained his team to a sixth Championship win.

He deserves the GB just as much as anyone else on the list IMO and I've got a feeling he may just get it, I also get the feeling if he had a high rising terminal in his accent, nobody would question his inclusion in the list.

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No he captained his team to a sixth Championship win.

He deserves the GB just as much as anyone else on the list IMO and I've got a feeling he may just get it, I also get the feeling if he had a high rising terminal in his accent, nobody would question his inclusion in the list.

nonsense about the aussie accent.

He wasnt his teams best player, he wasnt in the dream team, he wasnt in the World xiii. My personal view is that if he was the worlds best this year, then he would have achieved all three of those things.

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If the number of tedious press releases reposted verbatim on here has a weighting in this, Sinfield will walk the award*.

*to the centre of the brand-new £1 million Headingley pitch.

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