Kiwis, Fiji, Tonga dominate nominees for rugby league's Golden Boot award

Despite winning the Dally M medal James Tedesco is not in the running for the Golden Boot award

Despite winning the Dally M medal James Tedesco is not in the running for the Golden Boot award

While the Kiwis have two nominations, Fiji lead the way with three separate players included on the 10-strong shortlist - Kevin Naiqama, Viliame Kikau and Brandon Wakeham.

An award judged on worldwide performances only, Fittler slammed the current format, conceding it should be awarded to the world's best player regardless of global performances.

"I think it's ridiculous, I think it should be the best player in the world".

"The English winger (Tommy Makinson) won last year's award. I'm not sure that's the right way to go", Fittler told NSWRL.com.au.

"(Centre) Michael Jennings played well in their first game (for Tonga) and in the second they all played well so you would have to say it would come to be a Tongan - they beat England and Australia", he said.

Asked for his early tip, Fittler said: "If I take all the internationals into consideration, I think you'd have to say someone from Tonga would be the Golden Boot victor".

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The Kiwis meanwhile have Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in contention, after they excelled throughout the year for New Zealand.

For the Kangaroos, dynamic hooker Damien Cook has been rewarded for his brilliant attacking performances against the Kiwis and Tonga, while Payne Haas caps off a stellar season in all forms of the game, after he claimed Dally M Rookie and Prop of the Year honors, along with debuts at State of Origin and worldwide level.

IRL Golden Boot nominees: John Bateman (Great Britain), Damien Cook (Australia), Payne Haas (Australia), Viliame Kikau (Fiji), Tui Lolohea (Tonga), Kevin Naiqama (Fiji), Sio Siua Taukeiaho (Tonga), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (New Zealand), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (New Zealand), Brandon Wakeham (Fiji).

The award is given to the male and female players adjudged to have stood out the most across all worldwide matches in 2019.

In the race for the women's award, Australian Jillaroos pair Jess Sergis and Ali Brigginshaw have been nominated.

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