Off the back of a 2015 premiership-winning season with North Queensland, Taumalolo accepted his award from Townsville where the Cowboys are preparing for Friday night’s semi-final.
“This is right up there as the best and biggest award you can win as a player, and to be voted by my peers is very special,” Taumalolo said.
“Thank you to the RLPA for everything they do, their support for the players is so big.”
The award is the most prestigious at the RLPA event, with NRL players submitting their votes from each game throughout the season.
Samantha Bremner was crowned the Australian Representative Women’s Player of the Year, with Georgie Hale winning the New Zealand Representative Women’s Player of the Year.
2016 RLPA AWARD WINNERS
- The Players’ Champion – Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys)
- Rookie of the Year – Cody Walker (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
- Dennis Tutty Award – Dene Halatau (Wests Tigers)
- Australian Representative Player – Greg Inglis (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
- New Zealand Representative Player – Jesse Bromwich (Melbourne Storm)
- Rest of the World Representative Player – James Graham (Canterbury-Bansktown Bulldogs)
- Australian Representative Women’s Player of the Year – Samantha Bremner (Australian Jillaroos)
- New Zealand Representative Women’s Player of the Year – Georgie Hale (New Zealand Kiwi Ferns)
- NYC Player of the Year – Nat Butcher (Sydney Roosters)
- Origin Greats – Matt Sing, Gary Belcher and Benny Elias
- Academic Indigenous Player of the Year – Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights)
- Academic Pacifica Player of the Year – Sam Tagataese (Cronulla Sharks) and Ben Henry (New Zealand Warriors)
- NRL and NYC Academic Team of the Year – Josh Jackson (Canterbury Bulldogs) and Jacob Liddle (Wests Tigers NYC)