No fewer that 11 New Zealanders are among the finalists for the team of the year to be named at the annual Dally M Awards in Sydney tomorrow night.
Vodafone Warriors Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (fullback), David Fusitu'a (winger), Issac Luke (hooker), Tohu Harris (second rower) and Jazz Tevaga (interchange) are joined by St George Illawarra's Vodafone Warriors-bound Leeson Ah Mau (interchange).
They're joined by Kiwis Jordan Rapana (winger), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (prop), Martin Taupau (prop) and Esan Marsters (Wests Tigers) plus former Kiwi and current Mate Ma'a Tonga star Jason Taumalolo.
2018 TEAM OF THE YEAR | FINALISTS
Fullback | Valentine Holmes (Sharks), Kalyn Ponga (Knights), James Tedesco (Roosters), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Vodafone Warriors).
Winger | Josh Addo-Carr (Storm), Blake Ferguson (Roosters), David Fusitu'a (Vodafone Warriors), Corey Oates (Broncos), Jordan Rapana (Raiders).
Centre | Waqa Blake (Panthers), Joseph Leilua (Raiders), Esan Marsters (Wests Tigers), Latrell Mitchell (Roosters), Jesse Ramien (Sharks).
Five-eighth | Anthony Milford (Broncos), Matt Moylan (Sharks), Cameron Munster (Storm), Gareth Widdop (Dragons).
Halfback | Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), Cooper Cronk (Roosters), Ash Taylor (Titans).
Prop | Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm), Andrew Fifita (Sharks), Martin Taupau (Sea Eagles), Paul Vaughan (Dragons).
Hooker | Damien Cook (Rabbitohs), Issac Luke (Vodafone Warriors), Cameron McInnes (Dragons), Cameron Smith (Storm).
Second rower | Tyson Frizell (Dragons), Tohu Harris (Vodafone Warriors), Josh Jackson (Bulldogs), Tariq Sims (Dragons).
Lock | Jai Arrow (Titans), Nathan Brown (Eels), Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys), Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles).
Interchange | Leeson Ah Mau (Dragons), Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs), Jazz Tevaga (Vodafone Warriors), Alex Twal (Wests Tigers), Aaron Woods (Sharks).
- The Dally M Awards will be shown live on SKY Sport 2 from 10.30 tomorrow night.