Shaun Johnson wins Rugby League golden boot

New Zealand half-back Shaun Johnson capped off a wonderful 2014 by being crowned the best Rugby League player on the planet. 232FCBFE00000578-0-image-a-62_1418948004289

This award comes after he led the Kiwi’s to four nations glory at the end of October. This included a man of the match performance in the final in Wellington against Australia.

Johnson said: “I felt I finished the year really well and was able to take that into the Four Nations and was really happy with how I played for the Kiwis.”

Of course English fans will remember him for scoring that heart breaking last minute try in the 2013 world cup semi-final. Winning the award did come as a surprise to Johnson.

He said: “Being a rugby league fan growing up, I always knew about the Golden Boot award. I was pretty aware of the players who’d won it before because they were players that I grew up watching like Stacey Jones and Andrew Johns. Then there were the current players that I admire like Thurston. To receive it is pretty unreal to be honest.”

Johnson had almost double the amount of votes of his nearest rival, now Rugby Union player Sam Burgess. James Graham came in third place closely followed by Greg Inglis. 2013 winner Jonathan Thurston and Jesse Bromwich made the rest of the six man shortlist.

His victory means he becomes only the fourth New Zealander to win the coveted award. He follows in the footsteps of Kiwi greats such as Hugh McGahan, Stacey Jones and Benji Marshall.

Shaun Johnson will be looking to continue his wonderful form in the 2015 season.

 

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