Kangaroos, SBW shortlisted for Golden Boot

Last updated 12:33 06/12/2013
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Australian World Cup winners Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston are among six rugby league stars shortlisted for the Golden Boot award.

Melbourne teammates Smith and Cronk and North Queensland's Thurston are joined by the Sydney Roosters' Kiwi star Sonny Bill Williams, South Sydney's England ace Sam Burgess and Scotland's Danny Brough as nominees.

The 2012 winner, Kevin Sinfield, missed out on the shortlist for the annual award for the world's best player as judged by international media.

Cronk won the Dally M as the NRL's best performer this year, Brough took out the Super League equivalent Man of Steel, and Williams was the Rugby League International Federation man of 2013.

"We feel that the shortlist accurately reflects the players that have made the biggest impact in 2013, primarily on the international scene, which is what the Golden Boot judges are asked to consider first and foremost," Rugby League World editor Gareth Walker said.

"Each of those six players had outstanding World Cup campaigns and were vital in their side's respective performances during the tournament.

"Further than that, each made a significant impact at domestic level during 2013, which will also be considered by the panel of judges."

Thurston previously won the award in 2011 and Smith in 2007.

Judges, chosen from international media representatives, are asked to vote for the Golden Boot and positional awards on a five-points, three-points, one-point basis.

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