Fan's choice International Awards

Its time again for the Rugby League fans on the internet to vote for their international player of the year, their World XIII and Emerging Nations XIII and well as new award, Most Improved Team Award.

Player of the Year Award: The Player of the Year award refers to a players performance on the international scene. It does not mean a player is required to have had a fantastic club or other representative season (such as War of Roses or State of Origin) but rather represented their nation with pride.

Voting for the player of the year also does not have to be just for one of the major sides such as Great Britain and Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, but if you feel that someone from one of the other nations deserves a vote, you can vote for them as well.

Voting is one on a 3-2-1 basis. Give 3 points to the player you feel was the best, 2 points to who you felt was second best and so on.

In 2002, Richard Swain was voted the internet Player of the Year, who will win it this year?

World XIII: There are talented players all throughout the world of Rugby League. Competitions such as the National Rugby League and Rugby Super League have produced some fantastic talent, but which 13 players are the best in the world? Here is your chance to decide.

Vote for who you feel would be the best side in the world. Pick from fullback to lock (lose-forward) and email your best 13.

The 2002 World XIII was: 1.Fullback ? Darren Lockyer (Australia) 2.Wing ? Hazem El Masri (Lebanon) 3.Centre ? Nigel Vagana (New Zealand) 4.Centre ? Keith Senior (Great Britain) 5.Wing ? Matt Utai (New Zealand) 6.Five-Eighth ? Brad Fittler (Australia) 7.Half Back ? Andrew Johns (Australia) 8.Prop ? Shane Webcke (Australia) 9.Hookers ? Kerion Cunningham (Great Britain) 10.Prop ? Jason Ryles (Australia) 11.Second Rower ? Ali Lauiti'iti (New Zealand) 12.Second Rower ? Gordon Tallis (Australia) 13.Loose Forward ? Paul Sculthorpe (Great Britain)

Emerging XIII: Similar to the World XIII however this time it is the best 13 players from outside of the top nations of Australia, Great Britain and Ireland and New Zealand. Who do you feel were the best prospects on the amateur scene?

Most Improved Team Award: With over 60 internationals played in 2003, there has been a feast of matches for fans to make their selections. Who has improved the most? The French who pushed the Australians all the way? The Kiwis who showed they have depth in the October victory over Australia? Serbia who have had a good international season? Or the Scots who surprised everyone and beat France?

Sending your votes: Okay now you know the three awards up for grabs, send in your votes. Simply email [email protected] with either your International Player of the Year, World XIII or Emerging XIII (or all three) and the results will be collated and the winner announced January 15.

Voting ends January 8.

Note: This competition is not website exclusive, but is made possible by the work of a number of websites including this one.