Kieran Foran named NZRL player of the year
Manly and Kiwis five-eighth Kieran Foran has been named New Zealand Rugby League player of the year.
The 23-year-old Foran has played 15 tests for the Kiwis since debuting in 2009, and this year captained the Kiwis twice - against Australia in Canberra in April and against Papua New Guinea in the Rugby League World Cup in the UK.
Foran scooped the major awards on an evening that didn't feature Sonny Bill Williams, judged last week as the international game's player of the year.
Dean Whare, a big mover in the centre position for the Kiwis was named the rookie of the year.
Junior Kiwi Tuimoala Lolohea was named junior player of the year while the three NZRL national competition awards went to Mathew Faitotoa - domestic player of the year 16s; Paul Ulberg (18s); and Saimon Lomaloma (premiers).
NZRL 2013 awards -
Kiwi Player of the Year: Kieran Foran
Kiwi Rookie of the Year: Dean Whare
Junior Player of the Year: Tuimoala Lolohea
Domestic Player of the Year 16s: Mathew Faitotoa
Domestic Player of the Year 18s: Paul Ulberg
Domestic Player of the Year Premiers: Saimon Lomaloma
Women's Player of the Year: Sarina Fiso
Match Official of the Year: Shane Rehm
Volunteer of the Year - Male: Teaukura Moetaua
Volunteer of the Year - Female: Tasha Tasmania
Grassroots Club of the Year: Otara Scorpions
Recognition Award: Kevin Bailey
Distinguished Service Awards: Sharon Bird, Richard Bolton, Bob Dragecivich, Graham Lowe, Christine Panapa