RLPA Awards

The Rugby League Players Association Awards began in 2004 to recognise excellence both on and off the field.

Awards are presented annually in a range of categories with the prestigious RLPA Players’ Champion mantle awarded to the most outstanding Player of the year as voted by his NRL peers.

RLPA Players’ Champion
RLPA Rookie of the Year
RLPA NYC Player of the Year
Dennis Tutty Award
Representative Players of the Year
Award of Distinction
Best Back
Best Forward
Club Representative Award
RLPA Education & Wellbeing Awards
State of Origin Gold Club Inductees
RLPA Chairman’s Awards
RLPA Milestone Award

RLPA Players’ Champion – Player of the Year

  • 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

RLPA Rookie of the Year

  • 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

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RLPA NYC Player of the Year

  • 2016 Nat Butcher
  • 2015 Viliame Kikau
  • 2014 Sione Mata’utia
  • 2013 David Bhana
  • 2013 Bryce Cartwright
  • 2012 Edrick Lee
  • 2011 Jason Taumaolo
  • 2010 Dylan Farrell
  • 2009 Beau Henry
  • 2008 Shaun Fensom

Dennis Tutty Award

  • 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

Representative Players of the Year

Australia

  • 2016 Greg Inglis
  • 2015 Corey Parker
  • 2014 Johnathan Thurston
  • 2013 Cameron Smith
  • 2012 Johnathan Thurston
  • 2011 Paul Gallen
  • 2010 Darren Lockyer
  • 2009 Greg Inglis
  • 2008 Billy Slater
  • 2007 Darren Lockyer
  • 2006 Petero Civoniceva
  • 2005 Anthony Minichiello
  • 2004 Anthony Minichiello

New Zealand

  • 2016 Jesse Bromwich
  • 2015 Shaun Johnson
  • 2014 Shaun Johnson
  • 2013 Issac Luke
  • 2012 Jason Nightingale
  • 2011 Benji Marshall
  • 2010 Benji Marshall
  • 2009 Bronson Harrison
  • 2008 Nathan Cayless
  • 2007 Krisnan Inu
  • 2006 David Kidwell

Rest of the World

  • 2016 James Graham
  • 2015 Josh McGuire (Samoa)
  • 2014 Anthony Milford (Samoa)

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Award of Distinction

  • 2012 Corey Payne

Best Back

  • 2006 Greg Inglis
  • 2005 Stavey Jones

Best Forward

  • 2006 Nathan Hindmarsh
  • 2005 Ben Kennedy
  • 2005 Mark O’Mealy

Club Representative Award

  • 2007 Allan Tongue
  • 2005 Danny Nutley
  • 2005 Luke O’Donnell
  • 2004 Luke Priddis
  • 2004 Simon Woolford

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RLPA Education & Wellbeing Club of the Year

  • 2015 Melbourne Storm (Welfare) and Newcastle Knights (Education)
  • 2014 Melbourne Storm
  • 2012 St George Illawarra Dragons
  • 2006 Melbourne Storm
  • 2005 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
  • 2004 Parramatta Eels
  • RLPA / NRL Education & Welfare Awards

RLPA / NRL Education & Wellbeing Player of the Year

  • 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

RLPA / NRL Education & Wellbeing NYC Player of the Year

  • 2016 Jacob Liddle
  • 2015 Tyrell Fuimaono & Lachlan Lewis (Education) & Bradie Smith (Trade)
  • 2014 Adam Elliott & Christian Welch (Education), Aaron Rockley (Trade)
  • 2012 Caleb Timu

RLPA / NRL Academic Pacifica NRL Player of the Year

  • 2016 Sam Tagataese, Ben Henry

RLPA / NRL Academic Indigenous NRL Player of the Year

  • 2016 Dane Gagai

Education & Wellbeing Officer of the Year

  • 2010 Brian Sinclair
  • 2008 Scot Czislowski

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State of Origin Gold Club Inductees

  • 2016 Gary Belcher Queensland
  • 2016 Benny Elias New South Wales
  • 2016 Matt Sing Queensland
  • 2015 Danny Buderus New South Wales
  • 2015 Billy Moore Queensland
  • 2015 Corey Parker Queensland
  • 2015 Wayne Pearce New South Wales
  • 2015 Steve Roach New South Wales
  • 2014 Luke Bailey New South Wales
  • 2014 Greg Bird New South Wales
  • 2014 Trevor Gillmeister Queensland
  • 2014 Steve Menzies New South Wales
  • 2013 Darius Boyd Queensland
  • 2013 Paul Gallen New South Wales
  • 2013 Ashley Harrison Queensland
  • 2013 Justin Hodges Queensland
  • 2013 Brent Tate Queensland
  • 2013 Kevin Walters Queensland
  • 2012 Tim Brasher New South Wales
  • 2012 Jarryd Hayne New South Wales
  • 2012 Ben Ikin Queensland
  • 2012 Gary Larson Queensland
  • 2012 Glenn Lazarus New South Wales
  • 2012 Paul Vautin Queensland
  • 2011 Mark Coyne Queensland
  • 2011 Paul Harragon New South Wales
  • 2011 Greg Inglis Queensland
  • 2011 Andrew Johns New South Wales
  • 2011 Bob Lindner Queensland
  • 2011 Nate Myles Queensland
  • 2011 Dale Shearer Queensland
  • 2011 Billy Slater Queensland
  • 2011 Sam Thaiday Queensland
  • 2011 Rod Wishart New South Wales
  • 2010 Petero Civoniceva Queensland
  • 2010 Laurie Daly New South Wales
  • 2010 Brad Fittler New South Wales
  • 2010 Nathan Hindmarsh Queensland
  • 2010 Allan Langer Queensland
  • 2010 Wally Lewis Queensland
  • 2010 Darren Lockyer Queensland
  • 2010 Mal Meninga Queensland
  • 2010 Steve Price Queensland
  • 2010 Cameron Smith Queensland
  • 2010 Johnathan Thurston Queensland

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RLPA Chairman’s Awards (Australian and New Zealand Debut)

  • 2015 Josh Mansour Australia
  • 2015 Daniel Tupou Australia
  • 2015 Dylan Walker Australia
  • 2015 Aaron Woods Australia
  • 2015 Aidan Guerra Australia
  • 2015 Jason Taumalolo New Zealand
  • 2015 Suaia Matagi New Zealand
  • 2015 Sione Mata’utia Australia
  • 2015 Ben Hunt Australia
  • 2015 David Klemmer Australia
  • 2015 Josh Jackson Australia
  • 2015 Will Chambers Australia
  • 2015 Josh Dugan Australia
  • 2015 Alex Johnston Australia
  • 2015 Trent Merrin Australia
  • 2014 Boyd Cordner Australia
  • 2014 Andrew Fifita Australia
  • 2014 Matt Gillett Australia
  • 2014 Siliva Havili New Zealand
  • 2014 Ben Henry New Zealand
  • 2014 Peta Hiku New Zealand
  • 2014 Isaac John New Zealand
  • 2014 Sam Moa New Zealand
  • 2014 Josh Papali Australia
  • 2014 Martin Tapau New Zealand
  • 2014 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck New Zealand
  • 2012 Tohu Harris New Zealand
  • 2012 Sam Kasiano New Zealand
  • 2012 Kevin Proctor New Zealand
  • 2012 Dean Whare New Zealand

RLPA Milestone Award (300 Game Club)

  • 2015 Corey Parker
  • 2015 Cameron Smith
  • 2015 Anthony Watmough
  • 2014 Brent Kite
  • 2014 Anthony Minichiello
  • 2014 John Morris
  • 2013 Scott Prince

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