NRL: RUGBY LEAGUE - DALLY M AWARDS WINNERS' PASIFIKA, MAORI & INDIGENOUS TAKEOVER
This year the Dally M Awards were held at a virtual ceremony broadcast by Fox Sports last night and Pasifika, Maori & Indigenous players dominated the awards with 9 out of 13 players receiving Team of the Year Positional Awards.
Pasifika, Maori & Indigenous players also dominated in other awards of the night as follows -
TACKLE OF THE YEAR - JOSH PAPALI'I
Raiders big man Josh Papalii wins Youi Tackle of the Year honours for his incredible effort to run down Titans half Jamal Fogarty in round 15 at Cbus Super Stadium.
TRY OF THE YEAR - KOTONI STAGGS
Tongan / Indigenous (Wiradjuri)
Broncos centre Kotoni Staggs wins the Drinkwise Try of the Year award for his stunning individual effort against the Dragons in round 15 when he bamboozled Euan Aitken and stepped Matt Dufty to score a pearler.
CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR - ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK
The Dally M Captain of the Year is the Warriors' inspirational skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who led his men through the toughest of seasons as they spent months away from home to help keep the competition alive.
KEN IRVINE MEDALIST - ALEX JOHNSTON
Papua New Guinea
Rabbitohs winger Alex Johnston is the Ken Irvine Medalist in 2020 as the NRL's top tryscorer. Johnston scored a remarkable five tries in the final round against the Roosters to move to the top of the charts.
PROVAN SUMMONS MEDAL - PEOPLE'S CHOICE
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
The Provan Summons Medal has been won by the New Zealand Warriors for their effort in relocating for the entire season to help keep the competition alive. Back-rower Adam Blair said the team played footy they were proud of despite not knowing how long they would be leaving their families for.
NRLW ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - KENNEDY CHERRINGTON
Rooster Kennedy Cherrington has been voted the Rebel NRLW Rookie of the Year for her fine debut season.
SECOND ROWERS OF THE YEAR
VILIAME KIKAU - Fijian
TOHU HARRIS - Maori
PROPS OF THE YEAR
JOSH PAPALI'I - Samoan
JAMES FISHER-HARRIS - Maori
CENTRES OF THE YEAR
STEPHEN CRICHTON - Samoan
KOTONI STAGGS - Tongan
WINGERS OF THE YEAR
JOSH ADDO-CARR - Indigenous (Gunggandji, Birrbay & Wiradjuri)
DAVID NOFOALUMA - Samoan
DALLY M PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2020 - JACK WIGHTON
Indigenous - (Wiradjuri)