CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 09: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Kiwis charges forward during the Rugby League Test match between the New Zealand Kiwis and the Great Britain Rugby League Lions at Orangetheory Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

New Zealand Warriors star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been named the Golden Boot winner as the best international player of 2019.

The 26-year old edged out Sydney Roosters duo Jared Waeraa-Hargreaves and Siosiua Taukeiaho to claim the award.

Tuivasa-Sheck returned to the international scene after a 12-month absence and put in strong displays in the Kiwis' 34-14 loss to Tonga in the mid-season Oceania Cup Test and in the 2-0 series triumph against Great Britain.

He also played well in New Zealand’s 26-4 loss to Australia, running 167 metres with the ball and ran a game-high 234 metres in New Zealand’s 12-8 first Test defeat of the touring Lions at Eden Park

Tuivasa-Sheck became just the fifth Kiwi to win the Golden Boot since its inception in 1984.

"Putting on the Black and White jersey and representing my country is always a privilege and winning this Golden Boot award is a huge honour," he told

"Thank you to the IRL, NZRL and of course my family as without their love and support none of this would be possible. This year’s campaign has been one to remember, and although being away from my family was difficult, this makes it all worth it, this award is for them.”


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  1. Well done Roger.
    Best no 1 in the NRL by a mile.
    Edging out Taukauaho I understand but JWH even considered is rude.
    Both times Sam Burgess played against him Souths won and Sam gave him a hiding to none.
    It’s why Sam was robbed out by the MRC for the semi.

  2. JWH had Burgess so scared from a bashing in the last round, that Sam the Facebook Flasher and Billy Smith hair puller, did not even appeal his charge to face the Roosters the following week in the semis, because he just couldn’t cop another Rooster Rumble lead by the pack leader JWH.

  3. I must admit this award in recent years has lost its prestige and credibility. Taukeiaho without doubt played with great power and authority that influenced the result against World Champions Australia and the World Cup runner up team England, with his big hitting heavy defence and hige metres gained to stamp Tonga as the unofficial champions of the World.

  4. I remember when soufths got the golden boot in 1999. So hopeless the the league hierarchy toed them up the butt and out the door.

    Funniest thing that ever happened to the so called pride of the league who were falsely labelled that by some nobody journalist in the 1930,s

  5. BenHudson November 18, 2019 at 5:55 pm
    “I remember when soufths got the golden boot in 1999.”

    We will always remember the sayonara golden boot Latrell gave the sombreros in 2019

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