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International Player of the Year

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Super League Man of Steel Danny Brough is on a three-man short-list for the 2013 international player-of-the-year award.

Australia centre Greg Inglis and New Zealand second row Sonny Bill Williams are also nominated.

Huddersfield skipper Brough enjoyed the best year of his career, guiding his club to a first league leaders' title for 81 years and then leading Scotland to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Inglis, who will be at full-back for Australia in Saturday's World Cup semi-final against Fiji, was the stand-out performer for South Sydney, who finished second in the NRL before going within a whisker of the Grand Final, and starred for Queensland in their State of Origin Series triumph.

Williams made a spectacular return to rugby league with Sydney Roosters in 2013 following five years in rugby union and boxing. He was the Roosters' star player as they won both the NRL Minor Premiership and Grand Final and has been a major figure for the Kiwis during their World Cup defence.

The men short-listed for coach of the year are all past or present Super League coaches. Wigan's Shaun Wane is competing with his predecessor Michael Maguire, who led South Sydney to their most successful season for generations, and former Catalan Dragons boss Trent Robinson, who guided the Roosters to Grand-Final glory in his first season back in the NRL.

Souths' England forward George Burgess is competing with Samoa full-back Anthony Milford (Canberra) and Kangaroos second rower Boyd Cordner (Sydney Roosters) for the title of rookie of the year and England's Richard Silverwood is vying with Australian duo Ben Cummins and Shayne Hayne to become referee of the year.

The coveted titles will be awarded at the Rugby League International Federation dinner in Manchester next Wednesday.

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I can never work out how these awards are selected.

Surely the Dally M player of the year would figure in these awards?

A player selected as the best in the NRL does not get a mention.

Inglis is a fine player but he was not close to the best in the NRL this year.

2013 DALLY M FINAL STANDINGS 
1. Cooper Cronk, Melbourne Storm (28 points)
T2. Todd Carney, Cronulla Sharks (26 points)
T2. Daly Cherry-Evans, Manly Sea Eagles (26 points)
T3. Johnathan Thurston, North Queensland Cowboys (26 points)
T5. Jarrod Mullen, Newcastle Knights (20 points)
T5. Cameron Smith, Melbourne Storm (20 points)
T7. John Sutton, South Sydney Rabbitohs (18 points)
T7. Josh Reynolds, Canterbury Bulldogs (18 points)
T7. Luke Walsh, Penrith Panthers (18 points)
T7. James Maloney, Sydney Roosters (18 points)

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Can't disagree with any of the selections to be honest.

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Is this the Golden Boot? Is it the best player in internationals, in which case it would have to be the best player in the World Cup, in which case how can they choose it before the final? Is this an Australian thing? If so, they may be unaware there are some games on...

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Giving it to Inglis is the easy and somewhat too obvious choice

Giving it to SBW is politically wrong given his return from and soon to be departing back to RU and his late decision to play for the Kiwis at TohunHarris expense

Therefore, of the three nominees I'd go for Danny Brough

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Won it once,no need to do it again. ;)

 

 Has he? I knew he had won the golden boot but I thought this was a different award.

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 Has he? I knew he had won the golden boot but I thought this was a different award.

This is a different award. The Golden Boot will be awarded early in the New Year, and will take into account performances in the World Cup and other representative and club games during 2013.

 

The RLIF International Player of the Year award has a cut-off date that I think is some time prior to the World Cup, so the World Cup performances are not taken into account.

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 Has he? I knew he had won the golden boot but I thought this was a different award.

Yep,my bad.

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Giving it to Inglis is the easy and somewhat too obvious choice

Giving it to SBW is politically wrong given his return from and soon to be departing back to RU and his late decision to play for the Kiwis at TohunHarris expense

Therefore, of the three nominees I'd go for Danny Brough

There's a shock :-)

It'll be funny if he wins it, all the people that banged on about Sinfield not being nowhere near as good as the players he beat to the GB see if the can seriously say Brough is as good as Inglis and SBW :-)

Anyway good luck to the lad

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He took a team on no marks to the top of Superleague ;)

It's a nice plaudit for Brough but GI will win it, what it really is though is another reason to ask MacNamara just why he couldn't (and seemingly can't) manage his more temperamental players

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He took a team on no marks to the top of Superleague ;)

It's a nice plaudit for Brough but GI will win it, what it really is though is another reason to ask MacNamara just why he couldn't (and seemingly can't) manage his more temperamental players

Exactly but let's not upset Christopher again!

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He took a team on no marks to the top of Superleague ;)

It's a nice plaudit for Brough but GI will win it, what it really is though is another reason to ask MacNamara just why he couldn't (and seemingly can't) manage his more temperamental players

He has managed them, he's booted them out, the next two weeks will see if he was right to!

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At least one shouldn't have been picked to start with...

If you mean from the England squad, let me nominate the player who performs in the three quaters and plays for the club geographically positioned the furthest west in West Yorkshire.

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