New Zealand full-back Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been named the 2019 Golden Boot winner for the best international player of the year.

The 26-year-old beat off competition from fellow countryman Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Tonga prop Siosiua Taukeiaho.

Tuivasa-Sheck becomes only the fifth New Zealander to win the award since it was introduced in 1984 – the others being Hugh McGahan, Stacey Jones, Benji Marshall and Shaun Johnson,

He said: “Putting on the black and white jersey and representing my country is always a privilege and winning this Golden Boot award is a huge honour.

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“Thank you to the IRL, NZRL and, of course, my family, as without their love and support, none of this would be possible.

“This year’s campaign has been one to remember, and although being away from my family was difficult, this makes it all worth it, this award is for them.”

Australia’s Jesse Sergis won the women’s Golden Boot, beating team-mate Ai Brigginshaw and England captain Emily Rudge for the honour.