Bateman, Naiqama and Lolohea nominated for Golden Boot

Great Britain back rower John Bateman, St Helens centre Kevin Naiqama and Salford halfback Tui Lolohea have all been nominated for the 2019 Golden Boot.

The award is presented to the player deemed to have put in the best performances in full international matches, with the RLIF confirming 10 players are currently in the running for the men’s award, while there are two clear leaders for the women’s.

Bateman is the only Lions representative, while Lolohea is joined by Tongan teammate Siosiua Taukeiaho following their impressive wins over Great Britain and Australia.

Australia have two players on the shortlist, in electric hooker Damien Cook and impressive teenage prop Payne Haas, while New Zealand veterans Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves are also included.

The final three nominees are Viliame Kikau, Kevin Naiqama and Brandon Wakeham, who all impressed in Fiji’s convincing wins over Lebanon and Samoa this year.

In the women’s award, Australian duo Jess Sergis, who won the Dally M Player of the Year this season, and Ali Brigginshaw are the only two current nominees, however players from England and the PNG Orchids will have a chance to stake their claim during their upcoming two-game Test series.

2019 Golden Boot nominees (men) – John Bateman (Great Britain), Tui Lolohea, Siosiua Taukaeiaho (both Tonga Invitational XIII), Damien Cook, Payne Haas (both Australia), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (both New Zealand), Viliame Kikau, Kevin Naiqama, Brandon Wakeham (Fiji).

2019 Golden Boot nominees (women) – Ali Brigginshaw, Jess Sergis (both Australia)

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