Tedesco snubbed, Makinson wins Golden Boot

Tedesco snubbed, Makinson wins Golden Boot

St Helens and England winger Tommy Makinson has been named as victor of the 2018 Golden Boot.

Kelly scored twice for the Jillaroos as they won last year's women's World Cup in Australia, while also being recognised for her performance against New Zealand earlier this year.

Makinson was part of a four-man shortlist for the award, which only takes into account worldwide games, including James Tedesco (Australia), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (New Zealand) and Elliott Whitehead (England). Given this it is hard to argue against an English victor as the Wall of White are unbeaten in 2018.

Makinson, 27, was presented with the award at the annual RLIF dinner at Elland Road, venue for England's third and final test against New Zealand on Sunday.

The winger only made his global debut this year, playing and scoring a try in the Denver test against the Kiwis, and was players man of the match in the first test at Hull before scoring a hat-trick at Anfield last weekend.

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Makinson received the award at a ceremony in Leeds on Wednesday alongside the first victor of the women's Golden Boot - the Sydney Roosters and Australia centre, Isabelle Kelly.

"I'm absolutely honoured to have received the first ever Golden Boot, and I'm extremely thankful", Kelly said after earning the honours.

Isabelle Kelly has been named the best female rugby league player in the world. "I find it ridiculous".

The award, which is given to the player deemed to have made the most impact at global level over the past 12 months, had previously been won by four England internationals: Ellery Hanley, Garry Schofield, Andy Farrell and Kevin Sinfield.

England head coach Wayne Bennett selected Makinson to plug the gap created by injury to record tryscorer Ryan Hall and admits he has been taken aback by his impact.