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Sam Tomkins named international rookie of the year

Sam Tomkins
Tomkins has been part of England's Four Nations campaign

Wigan and England star Sam Tomkins has been named international rookie of the year at the Rugby League International Federation awards in Auckland.

The 21-year-old full-back, who can also play stand-off, succeeds Leeds' England winger Ryan Hall as the most promising young player in world rugby league.

Tomkins has also won the title of Super League young player of the year for the last two seasons.

Sydney Roosters stand-off Todd Carney won the player of the year award.

The 24-year-old spent the 2009 season playing district football for the North Queensland town of Atherton, after being refused an entry permit for a proposed move to Huddersfield.


He is the third Australian in the three-year history of the awards to win the top honour, following Billy Slater in 2008 and Jarryd Hayne last year.

There were other notable successes for Super League players, with Warrington captain Adrian Morley named prop of the year and Wigan's prolific goal-kicker Pat Richards - the 2010 Man of Steel - given the winger of the year award.

All the winners were decided by an international panel of judges, with performances from 13 October, 2009 to 3 October, 2010 taken into consideration.

Full list of award winners:

Player of the Year: Todd Carney (Sydney Roosters).

Coach: Wayne Bennett (St George Illawarra).

Rookie: Sam Tomkins (Wigan and England).

Full-back: Darius Boyd (St George Illawarra and Australia).

Winger: Pat Richards (Wigan).

Centre: Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters and New Zealand).

Stand-off: Todd Carney (Sydney Roosters).

Scrum-half: Scott Prince (Gold Coast and Australia).

Prop: Adrian Morley (Warrington and England).

Hooker: Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers and Australia).

Second-rower: Gareth Ellis (Wests Tigers and England).

Loose forward: Luke Lewis (Penrith and Australia).

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