Tomkins heads Super League nominees
Four Engage Super League players have been short-listed for the title of international player of the year.
Despite their disappointing Gillette Four Nations campaign, England are well represented in the eight-strong short-list, with the winner to be announced at the Rugby League International Federation awards night at Eden Park tomorrow.
Super League young player of the year Sam Tomkins is vying for the top prize with past and present England captains Adrian Morley and James Graham, Wigan Warriors’ Super League Man of Steel Pat Richards, Australians Billy Slater, Todd Carney and Darius Boyd and New Zealand captain Benji Marshall.
Tomkins is also nominated in three other categories - rookie of the year and the best stand-off and full-back - while brothers Tony and Brian Smith are both shortlisted for coach of the year.
Former England boss Tony guided Warrington Wolves to a successful defence of the Carnegie Challenge Cup while older brother Brian, who is acting as performance advisor to current England coach Steve McNamara, transformed the fortunes of 2009 wooden spoonists Sydney Roosters.
The winners are decided by an international panel of judges based on performances from October 13 2009 to October 3 2010.
Player: D Boyd (St George Illawarra), T Carney (Sydney Roosters), J Graham (St Helens), B Marshall (Wests Tigers), A Morley (Warrington Wolves), P Richards (Wigan Warriors), B Slater (Melbourne), S Tomkins (Wigan).
Coach: R Agar (Hull FC), W Bennett (St George Illawarra), M Maguire (Wigan), M Meninga (Queensland), B Noble (Crusaders RL), T Sheens (Wests Tigers and Australia), B Smith (Sydney Roosters), T Smith (Warrington).
Rookie: T Briscoe (Hull), K Eastmond (St Helens), K Foran (Manly), B Matulino (Warriors), S Tomkins (Wigan), J Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters), G Widdop (Melbourne).
Full-back: D Boyd (St George Illawarra), S Briscoe (Hull KR), J Dugan (Canberra), J Hayne (Parramatta), B Slater (Melbourne), S Tomkins (Wigan), B Webb (Leeds Rhinos), P Wellens (St Helens).
Winger: 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).
Centre: 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).
Stand-off: L Briers (Warrington), K Brown (Huddersfield Giants), T Carney (Sydney Roosters), D Lockyer (Brisbane), J Maloney (Warriors), B Marshall (Wests Tigers), D McGuire (Leeds), S Tomkins (Wigan).
Scrum-half: 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).
Prop: 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).
Hooker: 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).
Second rower: 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).
Loose forward: 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).