LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Tommy Makinson (R) of England celebrates scoring his sides first try alongside George Williams (L) during the 2nd International Series match between England and New Zealand at Anfield on November 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

St Helens and England winger Tommy Makinson has claimed this year’s Golden Boot award.

Makinson was recognised by the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) for his phenomenal season, scoring 11 tries for a Saints outfit that won League Leaders’ Shield.

Additionally, the 27-year old scored a try on his international debut against New Zealand in June and added a hat-trick against them on Saturday, also being named in the Super League’s Dream Team last season.

Makinson beat out James Tedesco, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Elliott Whitehead who were also shortlisted for the award.

Australia’s Isabelle Kelly won the inaugural women’s Golden Boot, ousting Ali Brigginshaw , Brittany Breayley, Georgia Roche and Honey Hireme.


  1. Excuse me, but this award is an absolute joke. The fact that they only use internationals is a farce. No way on planet earth is Tommy Makinson a better player than James Tedesco, RTS, Taumalolo etc. There is a reason he plays in the Super League, NOT the NRL.

    • The Golden boot shouldn’t be decided just on international performances it should be decided on a players full season with club and representative honours as well. But all you aussie supporters whinging about an English player winning

      • need to grow up, how about you get your national side to pull there finger out and stop hiding away from international tests especially against England as i believe all of your country know if you came up against England now you’d be on the end of a defeat and your just too scared to face it.

        • England- 3 Tests
          New Zealand- 4 Tests
          Tonga- 2 Tests
          Australia- 2 Tests

          Please explain to me how it is fair to judge it off such a small sample? The only years an award based on international performances alone is World Cup years.

        • Please, you call out Australia for not showing up but how about your own league not allowing for any international games during next season? At least the NRL and Australia are helping expand the international game here in the Pacific region by planning internationals against up and coming teams which generates interest and participation in the game.

  2. What have Australia got in place for next year international wise that has been confirmed We wanted a GB tour of Aus but NRL didn’t want it like i said your scared that you can’t live up to your No 1 status in the world.

  3. Also England have had 4 test so far this year 3 against NZ ( 1 in denver) 2 so far in 3 game series and we also had a friendly against France so in total this season we would have had 5 tests so don’t know how you only had us down as 3 tests?

    • Forgot the Denver test. Also all of Australia wants 3 tests series, but the ARL likes the money from the standalone tests too much. We need a Four or Six Nations tournament.

    • “Your(You’re) scared that you can’t live up to your No 1 status in the world.”

      6-0 mate. We’ll beat you guys in a 3 game series any year.

  4. Living in past lucky you’ve had top class athlete’s all together at club, origin and country level in Smith, Slater and Cronk now we have a team that can match yours all around the park and you mighty Aussies are to afraid to take the field ahaha

    • J1405 I think you are getting a bit carried away. No duobt England played well vs NZ. I watched both tests and they were good tough games. We (AUS) had a shocker against NZm last month and lost by 2 points. I agree there should be more internationals but just because you win a couple of games and Aus lose 1 for the first time in 11 tests it doesn’t that we are no good anymore and England should be no 1. The last time England played Tonga they only just held on to win. We beat them convincingly last month with a new team (without Slater, Cronk, Thurston, Smith, Inglis, Maloney, Morgan or Munster)

  5. Not getting carried away I’m just stating that Australia beleive that they are better than everybody else and are ignorant to the rest of the other international sides no doubt Australia still have a great time but great teams continue to prove it and tests themselves on a regular basis and that seems something that you don’t want to do especially against England.

  6. Also we beat NZ with plenty of our world class players missing in the recent 2 test so don’t use excuses that you’ve got a new team and you only lost by 2 points we had S.Burgess, Widdop, Watkins, Hall, Gale, Roby and Walmsley missing.

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