International Rugby League Awards Nominees List Is Epic!

I try to fight the good fight.

If I see something I think is wrong with this game of Rugby League, I’ll call it out. I’ll write all about what is wrong, I’ll write about how I would do things differently, and I hope by the time you have read through an article, you come away with a different perspective on things.

You don’t have to agree with what I write, that’s cool. I just hope we can all think about the game a bit more and make more informed analysis about the game.

So today, we have come to a big moment.

I’m speechless.

Tuesday, November the 2nd, 2010….I have been so stunned by stupidity that I can’t make a comment.

The list of nominees for the “International Rugby League Awards” has been released today. As you read the list below, keep in mind these awards are supposed to be rewarding the very best in the world.

Best Players….In The World: D Boyd (St George Illawarra), T Carney (Sydney Roosters), J Graham (St Helens), B Marshall (Wests Tigers), A Morley (Warrington), P Richards (Wigan), B Slater (Melbourne), S Tomkins (Wigan).

Best Coach….In The World:: R Agar (Hull), W Bennett (St George Illawarra), M Maguire (Wigan), M Meninga (Queensland), B Noble (Crusaders), T Sheens (Wests Tigers and Australia), B Smith (Sydney Roosters), T Smith (Warrington).

Rookie Of The Year….In 2010: T Briscoe (Hull), K Eastmond (St Helens), K Foran (Manly), B Matulino (Warriors), S Tomkins (Wigan), J Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters), G Widdop (Melbourne).

Best Full-back….In The Entire World: D Boyd (St George Illawarra), S Briscoe (Hull KR), J Dugan (Canberra), J Hayne (Parramatta), B Slater (Melbourne), S Tomkins (Wigan), B Webb (Leeds), P Wellens (St Helens).

Best Winger…On Planet Earth: T Briscoe (Hull), M Gordon (Penrith), R Hall (Leeds), B Morris (St George Illawarra), P Richards (Wigan), C Riley (Warrington), A Uate (Newcastle), M Vatuvei (Warriors).

Best Centre….In Existence: C Bridge (Warrington), I Folau (Brisbane), M Gidley (St Helens), G Inglis (Melbourne), S Kenny-Dowall (Roosters), M King (Warrington), J Lyon (Manly), K Senior (Leeds).

Best Stand-off….No, Really: L Briers (Warrington), K Brown (Huddersfield), T Carney (Sydney Roosters), D Lockyer (Brisbane), J Maloney (Warriors), B Marshall (Wests Tigers), D McGuire (Leeds), S Tomkins (Wigan).

The Best Scrum-half….In All Of Rugby League: C Cronk (Melbourne), M Dobson (Hull KR), K Eastmond (St Helens), T Leuluai (Wigan), M Pearce (Roosters), S Prince (Gold Coast), L Robinson (Huddersfield), J Thurston (North Queensland).

The Very Best Prop….That Plays The Game: P Civoniceva (Penrith), S Fielden (Wigan), J Graham (St Helens), A Morley (Warrington), F-P Nuuausala (Sydney Roosters), J Peacock (Leeds), D Shillington (Canberra), M Weyman (St George).

The Number One Hooker….In Real Life: D Buderus (Leeds), R Farah (Wests Tigers), N Friend (Gold Coast), D Houghton (Hull), I Luke (Souths), M Monaghan (Warrington), J Roby (St Helens), C Smith (Melbourne).

The Top Second Rower….Alive: S Burgess (South Sydney), G Ellis (Wests Tigers), B Galea (Hull KR), B Harrison (Canberra), C Newton (Hull KR), S Thaiday (Brisbane), J Tomkins (Wigan), B Westwood (Warrington).

The Top Loose Forward….Who Hasn’t Retired Or Died: C Fitzgibbon (Hull), P Gallen (Cronulla), B Harrison (Warrington), L Lewis (Penrith), S O’Loughlin (Wigan), C Parker (Brisbane), G Stewart (Manly), K Sinfield (Leeds).

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