Marika Koroibete wins John Eales Medal


David Pocock, Michael Hooper, Israel Folau, George Smith and Nathan Sharpe have all claimed the prestigious award twice, while Chris Latham and Matt Giteau have also won the gong.

The 27-year-old only recently re-signed with both the Melbourne Rebels and Wallabies until the end of 2021, having crossed codes prior to the 2017 season after shooting to stardom while playing for  Melbourne Storm in the NRL.

Koroibete wasn’t the only award winner at Rugby Australia’s night of nights.

Grace Hamilton was named Wallaroos player of the year.Credit:AAP

Iconic halves duo George Gregan and Stephen Larkham were inducted into the Rugby Australia Hall of Fame, with the former accepting the award on behalf of the latter due to Larkham’s coaching commitments at Munster.

Boom young gun Jordan Petaia was named rookie of the year and Junior Wallabies skipper Fraser McReight was named the Australian U20  team’s best player for the second year running.

Australia’s men’s Sevens team booked their place in the Tokyo Olympics by beating Samoa in Suva last weekend and their star livewire, Maurice Longbottom, claimed Shawn Mackay Award for men’s Sevens player of the year.

Longbottom has  been the greatest beneficiary of Tim Walsh taking the reins as coach, playing far more minutes than he did under former coach Andy Friend, who used the Indigenous star as a strike weapon rather than a regular starter.

Superstar Australian women’s Sevens playmaker Charlotte Caslick was rewarded for another superb year with the women’s Sevens gong.

Wallaroos skipper Grace Hamilton stamped her standing as a star of the women’s game by being named Wallaroos player of the year, having starred in the Test series against Japan before leading from the front against New Zealand.

Long-serving Waratahs doctor Sharron Flahive received the Joe French Award for her outstanding contribution to rugby over 20 years.

Queenslander Nic Berry was named referee of the year.



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