Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tomkins included on awards list

Sam Tomkins
Tomkins has been part of England's Four Nations campaign

Four Super League players have been included on the shortlist for the international player of the year award.

Wigan duo Sam Tomkins and Pat Richards are on the eight-man list along with past and present England captains Adrian Morley and James Graham.

Also nominated are Australians Billy Slater, Todd Carney and Darius Boyd and New Zealand captain Benji Marshall.

The winner will be announced at Wednesday's Rugby League International Federation awards night in Auckland.

Tomkins is the current Super League Young Player of the year and Richards, who is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, was named this season's Man of Steel.

Twenty-one-year-old Tomkins is also nominated in three other categories - rookie of the year and the best stand-off and full-back - while brothers Tony and Brian Smith are in the running for the coach of the year award.

Former England boss Tony guided Warrington to a successful defence of the Challenge Cup and older brother Brian, who is acting as performance adviser to current England coach Steve McNamara, transformed the fortunes of Sydney Roosters who had finished bottom of Australia's National Rugby League in 2009.

The winners are decided by an international panel of judges, with performances from 13 October 2009 to 3 October 2010 being taken into consideration.


Player: D Boyd (St George Illawarra), T Carney (Sydney Roosters), J Graham (St Helens), B Marshall (Wests Tigers), A Morley (Warrington), P Richards (Wigan), B Slater (Melbourne), S Tomkins (Wigan).

Coach: R Agar (Hull), W Bennett (St George Illawarra), M Maguire (Wigan), M Meninga (Queensland), B Noble (Crusaders), T Sheens (Wests Tigers and Australia), B Smith (Sydney Roosters), T Smith (Warrington).

Rookie: T Briscoe (Hull), K Eastmond (St Helens), K Foran (Manly), B Matulino (Warriors), S Tomkins (Wigan), J Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters), G Widdop (Melbourne).

Full-back: D Boyd (St George Illawarra), S Briscoe (Hull KR), J Dugan (Canberra), J Hayne (Parramatta), B Slater (Melbourne), S Tomkins (Wigan), B Webb (Leeds), P Wellens (St Helens).

Winger: T Briscoe (Hull), M Gordon (Penrith), R Hall (Leeds), B Morris (St George Illawarra), P Richards (Wigan), C Riley (Warrington), A Uate (Newcastle), M Vatuvei (Warriors).

Centre: C Bridge (Warrington), I Folau (Brisbane), M Gidley (St Helens), G Inglis (Melbourne), S Kenny-Dowall (Roosters), M King (Warrington), J Lyon (Manly), K Senior (Leeds).

Stand-off: L Briers (Warrington), K Brown (Huddersfield), T Carney (Sydney Roosters), D Lockyer (Brisbane), J Maloney (Warriors), B Marshall (Wests Tigers), D McGuire (Leeds), S Tomkins (Wigan).

Scrum-half: C Cronk (Melbourne), M Dobson (Hull KR), K Eastmond (St Helens), T Leuluai (Wigan), M Pearce (Roosters), S Prince (Gold Coast), L Robinson (Huddersfield), J Thurston (North Queensland).

Prop: P Civoniceva (Penrith), S Fielden (Wigan), J Graham (St Helens), A Morley (Warrington), F-P Nuuausala (Sydney Roosters), J Peacock (Leeds), D Shillington (Canberra), M Weyman (St George).

Hooker: D Buderus (Leeds), R Farah (Wests Tigers), N Friend (Gold Coast), D Houghton (Hull), I Luke (Souths), M Monaghan (Warrington), J Roby (St Helens), C Smith (Melbourne).

Second rower: S Burgess (South Sydney), G Ellis (Wests Tigers), B Galea (Hull KR), B Harrison (Canberra), C Newton (Hull KR), S Thaiday (Brisbane), J Tomkins (Wigan), B Westwood (Warrington).

Loose forward: C Fitzgibbon (Hull), P Gallen (Cronulla), B Harrison (Warrington), L Lewis (Penrith), S O'Loughlin (Wigan), C Parker (Brisbane), G Stewart (Manly), K Sinfield (Leeds).

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