SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 06: James Tedesco of the Roosters celebrates scoring a try during the 2019 NRL Grand Final match between the Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The RLPA Players’ Champions awards were named on Monday night, with James Tedesco claiming the top gong to cap off a huge season for the star fullback.

Tedesco beat out finalists Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Payne Haas, Cameron Munster and Cameron Smith in the annual players’ poll.

He joined former Cowboys great Jonathan Thurston as the only player to claim the award multiple times, previously winning it at the Tigers in 2017.

The 26-year old has claimed the Wally Lewis Medal, Brad Fittler Medal, Dally M Medal, Jack Gibson Medal on top of helping guide the Roosters to back-to-back premierships in 2019 in a truly sensational campaign.

“James has no doubt had an incredible season, he has won nearly every award possible this year and is now The Players’ Champion with his peers acknowledging his extraordinary efforts,” RLPA CEO Ian Prendergast told NRL Media.

Full list of winners

NRL Players’ Champion: James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters)

NRLW Players’ Champion: Jessica Sergis (St George Illawarra Dragons)

The Dennis Tutty Award: David Gower (Parramatta Eels)

Rookie of the Year: Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos)

The Players’ 13 Dream Team: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. Will Hopoate, 5. Daniel Tupou, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Payne Haas, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Josh Papalii, 11. John Bateman,12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Jake Trbojevic

Male Academic Player of the Year: Russell Packer (Wests Tigers)

Female Academic Player of the Year: Vanessa Foliaki (Sydney Roosters)

Indigenous Academic Excellence Award: Josh Addo-Carr (Melbourne Storm)

Pasifika Academic Excellence Awards: Jayson Bukuya (Cronulla Sharks)

Academic Team of the Year: Vanessa Foliaki (Currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology, Massey University)

Matthew Lodge (Completed a Diploma of Business and currently completing a Bachelor of Business, Swinburne University)

James Tamou (Currently completing a Cert III in Carpentry and Cert III & IV in fitness and completed small Business, EABS)

Will Hopoate (Completed a Diploma of Community Services and Cert IV in Community, Granville Tafe)

Brett Morris (Currently completing a Cert III in Carpentry and Completed cert iv in small business, Gymea Tafe)

Daniel Alvaro (Currently completing a Cert III in Carpentry, Meadowbank Tafe)

Toafofoa Sipley (Completed a Bachelor of Education in High School teaching, University of Auckland)

Jamie Buhrer (Currently completing a Bachelor in Sports Business Management, ACPE)

Coen Hess (Currently doing Master of Business Administration and completed a Diploma of Hospitality and Diploma of Business Management, CQU)

Chanel Harris-Tavita (Currently completing a Bachelor of Business, Auckland University of Technology)

Keegan Hipgrave (Currently completing a Bachelor of Business, QUT)

Russell Packer (Currently completing a Masters Business Administration, UNSW)

Robbie Rochow (Currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering, UNSW)


  1. It is truley amazing what the professional Roosters coaching regime has achieved with this quality player.
    Teddy gives praise and Thanks to Trent Robinson for transforming him into the elite category of player.
    Undoubtably the Worlds Number One Player.

  2. Lucky he went there Woohead. No one knew he was a top player before they bought him. Ha,ha…
    Every award this year. I guess his contract must cost well over a million a season now.

  3. Everybody except you Eastofdivide is aware the Roosters had two one million dollar players. Cronk and Tedesco. Teddy never reached the peak of his powers until super coach Robo fine tuned him.

    Teddy never played for Australia until he came to the Roosters. By the way Keary is on 750k. Do some research before you rattle off your usual garbage.

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