Kevin Sinfield wins Golden Boot after impressive 2012
Last Updated: January 5, 2013 8:12am
Kevin Sinfield: Claimed top award
Leeds and England captain Kevin Sinfield has become only the fourth Englishman to win the Golden Boot.
Sinfield beat off competition from Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins as well as Australians Cameron Smith, Ben Barba, Cooper Cronk and Nate Myles to claim the prize that is awarded annually by Rugby League World magazine to the game's top performer.
Sinfield led the Rhinos to a sixth Super League title in nine years and skippered England to victory in the 2012 autumn international series.
The 32-year-old also guided Leeds to a World Club Challenge success over Manly Sea Eagles, as well as a third consecutive Challenge Cup final appearance at Wembley in 2012.
Sinfield is the first Englishman to win the Golden Boot since former Wigan and Great Britain skipper
Andy Farrell claimed the crown in 2004.
Ellery Hanley in 1988 and Garry Schofield in 1990 are the only others to win the accolade since it was introduced in 1984.
"The British game can and does still produce individuals of world-class ability," said Rugby League World editor John Drake.
"Kevin Sinfield is one such player and it is right that his towering achievements in 2012 should be recognised with the Golden Boot."