2019 Golden Boot shortlist trimmed to three

Drew Darbyshire

The shortlist for the 2019 Golden Boot award has been whittled down to three.

The award could potentially go to a prop and/or a non tier-one nation player for the first time ever.

The award recognises the best player in the international scene over the past 12 months, and does not take any club form into consideration. It is voted for by members of the media.

Tonga front-rower Sio Siua Taukeiaho will go up against New Zealand duo Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for the prestigious award.

If Taukeiaho wins, he will be the first player in history to win the award from a nation other than Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain or England.

Taukeiaho and Waerea-Hargreaves could make history by becoming the first props to claim the Golden Boot.

In the women’s Golden Boot gong, Australia pair Ali Brigginshaw and Jess Sergis are the two names currently shortlisted but England captain Emily Rudge could make a late charge in this weekend’s second test against Papua New Guinea.

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