Joseph Manu wins 2022 Golden Boot Award in New Zealand double

Joseph Manu. PA Images
Joseph Manu. PA Images

New Zealand full-back Joseph Manu has won the 2022 Men’s Golden Boot Award in a Kiwi double, with Raecene McGregor winning the Women’s.

Manu, 26, has won the award over the Men’s tournament’s leading try-scorer Josh Addo-Carr. The winger has crossed for 12 tries so far in the World Cup, equalling the record for most tries in a single tournament alongside Valentine Holmes.

Samoa five-eighth Jarome Luai and England pair George Williams and Victor Radley were also included in the final shortlist for the 2022 Golden Boot. 

Manu was also one of two Kiwis included in the Men’s Team of the Tournament that was announced earlier on Tuesday. International team-mate James Fisher-Harris was named on the bench in the XIII. 

The Kiwis were knocked out of the competition during one of the best games of the tournament, as the Kangaroos claimed a 16-14 at Elland Road, Leeds.

New Zealand half-back McGregor has won the Women’s Golden Boot. It tops off an impressive year for the 25-year-old, having won the 2022 Dally M Award from the NRLW.

The Kiwi Ferns face Australian Jillaroos in the Women’s World Cup final. It is a part of the double-header at Old Trafford this Saturday. 

Raecene McGregor. PA.
New Zealand’s Raecene McGregor is tackled by France’s Alice Varela. PA Images.

England’s Seb Bechara has won the 2022 Wheelchair Golden Boot award. International team-mate Jack Brown, who was also shortlisted, won the first Wheelchair Golden Boot in 2019 when it was introduced. 

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