The Dally M awards were given out this week. These are the NRL’s chance to reward the best players in the competition. This year Ben Barba swept the awards with 5 individual ones including the Dally M player of the year. The awards are as Follows:
Dally M Player of the Year: Ben Barba (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Provan-Summons Medal: Ben Barba (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
The “people’s choice” award
Rookie of the Year: Adam Reynolds (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Captain of the Year: Jamie Lyon/Jason King (Manly Sea Eagles)
Representative Player of the Year: Nate Myles (Gold Coast Titans & Queensland Maroons)
Coach of the Year: Des Hasler (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Top Tryscorer of the Year: Ben Barba (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) / Ashley Graham (North Queensland Cowboys) :: 21 tries
Top Pointscorer of the Year: Jarrod Croker (Canberra Raiders) :: 220 points
Peter Frilingos Memorial Award: Ben Barba (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) :: Massive length of the field try set up for Josh Morris against the Storm in Mackay (Round 16)
Headline moment of the year
Toyota Cup Player of the Year: David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Fullback: Ben Barba (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Winger: Akuila Uate (Newcastle Knights)
Centre: Josh Morris (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Five-Eighth: Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys)
Halfback: Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
Prop: Sam Kasiano (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Hooker: Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)
Second-Rower: Nate Myles (Gold Coast Titans)
Lock: Paul Gallen (Cronulla Sharks)
Rugby League Planet has announced the 2012 development fund. After much deliberation it came down in the end to two countries Canada and Lebanon, who at the time were about to play each other in a test match. As with the game, Canada came out on top and have been awarded $2000 for the growth and development of the game.
If you want to contribute to international Rugby League, it’s easy enough to join the Rugby League planet development fund send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or jump onto their RLDF forum http://forums.rugbyleagueplanet.com/forum/1581937/ and chat to other members.
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Interesting news that Steve McNamara, the Coach of England is thinking outside the box to try and get the edge on New Zealand and Australia in next years World Cup. He is taking the team to South Africa to do high altitude conditioning. It will be a 24-man squad on a 10-day high-altitude training camp and will also prepare them for the autumn triangular tournament involving Wales and France.
The squad is the elite training squad and the Australian NRL-based internationals. They will leave the UK on October 10, after the Super League Grand Final and set up camp at the highly-acclaimed North-West University Training Centre at Potchefstroom. They are the first Rugby league team to do this kind of training.
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