The Players’ Champion

In 2004, the Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) introduced an awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of its membership – both on and off the field.

Taking the official title of The Players’ Champion in 2016, awards are presented annually in a range of categories.

The prestigious The Players’ Champion honour is the mantle awarded to the most outstanding player each year as voted by peers.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


NRL

  • 2019 James Tedesco
  • 2018 Kalyn Ponga
  • 2017 James Tedesco
  • 2016 Jason Taumalolo
  • 2015 Johnathan Thurston
  • 2014 Johnathan Thurston
  • 2013 Johnathan Thurston
  • 2012 Ben Barba
  • 2011 Akuila Uate
  • 2010 Darius Boyd
  • 2009 Jarryd Hayne
  • 2008 Braith Anasta & Petero Civoniceva
  • 2007 Matt Bowen
  • 2006 Ben Kennedy
  • 2005 Johnathan Thurston
  • 2004 Danny Buderus

NRLW

  • 2019 Jessica Sergis

Previously Elite Women’s Player of the Year (below)

  • 2018 Simaima Taufa
  • 2017 Simaima Taufa (Australia) & Sarina Fiso (New Zealand)
  • 2016 Samantha Bremner (Australia) & Georgia Hale (New Zealand)

  • 2019 James Tedesco, Maika Sivo, Latrell Mitchell, Will Hopoate, Daniel Tupou, Cameron Munster, Daly Cherry-Evans, Payne Haas, Cameron Smith, Josh Papalii, John Bateman, Kenny Bromwich, Jake Trbojevic
  • 2018 Kalyn Ponga, Valentine Holmes, Latrell Mitchell, Esan Marsters, Jamayne Isaako, Cameron Munster, Johnathan Thurston, Andrew Fifita, Damien Cook, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Viliame Kikau, Tariq Sims, Jake Trbojevic
  • 2017 James Tedesco, Jordan Rapana, Konrad Hurrell, Dane Gagai, David Nofoaluma, Gareth Widdop, Nathan Cleary, Aaron Woods, Cameron Smith, David Klemmer, Jason Taumalolo, Wade Graham, Sam Burgess

The Dennis Tutty Award is awarded annually to a current Rugby League Player who has demonstrated outstanding:

  1. Leadership on and off the field;
  2. Commitment to his fellow Players and to the advancement and protection of their rights; and
  3. Service and dedication to the game of Rugby League
  • 2019 David Gower
  • 2018 Jason Nightingale
  • 2017 James Maloney
  • 2016 Dene Halatau
  • 2015 Tom Symonds
  • 2014 Nate Myles
  • 2013 Clint Newton
  • 2012 Robbie Farah
  • 2011 Andrew Ryan
  • 2010 Petero Civoniceva
  • 2009 Michael Gordon
  • 2008 Jason King

  • 2019 Payne Haas
  • 2018 Victor Radley
  • 2017 Nick Cotric
  • 2016 Cody Walker
  • 2015 Cameron Munster
  • 2014 Luke Brooks
  • 2013 George Burgess
  • 2012 Josh Mansour & Adam Reynolds
  • 2011 Daly Cherry-Evans
  • 2010 Trent Hodkinson
  • 2009 Josh Dugan
  • 2008 David Williams
  • 2007 Michael Jennings
  • 2006 Darius Boyd
  • 2005 Ben Smith
  • 2004 Sonny-Bill Williams

The 300 Club

  • 2019 Benji Marshall, Robbie Farah, Darius Boyd, Gavin Cooper, Adam Blair
  • 2018 Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater, Simon Mannering, John Sutton, Sam Thaiday
  • 2017 Cooper Cronk, Paul Gallen, Chris Heighington, Ryan Hoffman, Luke Lewis
  • 2016 –
  • 2015 Cameron Smith, Corey Parker, Anthony Watmough
  • 2014 Brent Kite, Anthony Minichiello
  • 2014 John Morris
  • 2013 Scott Prince

Male Academic Player of the Year

  • 2019 Russell Packer
  • 2018 Dale Copley
  • 2017 Tim Mannah
  • 2016 Josh Jackson
  • 2015 David Gower & Siliva Havili (Education) & Sam Moa (Trade)
  • 2014 John Morris (Education) & Peni Terepo (Trade)
  • 2013 Bryan Norrie & Sam Perrett
  • 2012 Ben Creagh
  • 2011 John Palavi & Corey Payne
  • 2010 Robbie Farah
  • 2010 Chris Faust
  • 2009 Jerome Ropati
  • 2008 Alan Tongue
  • 2007 Luke Priddis
  • 2006 Matt Geyer & Rod Jensen
  • 2005 Steven Price
  • 2004 Matthew Gidley

Female Academic Player of the Year

  • 2019 Vanessa Foliaki
  • 2018 Kody House

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