Ruben Wiki - NZRL player of the

Reuben Wiki, the Canberra Raiders forward and Kiwis captain, was last night named New Zealand Rugby League's player of the year.

Wiki was in outstanding form all year and took the award ahead of the other twonominees, Penrith Panthers Tony Puletua and Joe Galuvao.

Others to win awards at the NZRL dinner in Auckland tonight were:

NZRL Rookie of the year - Thomas Leuluai.

Mad Butcher personality of the year - Gary Endicott.

Bartercard Cup coach of the year - Phil Prescott (Canterbury Bulls).

Bartercard Cup player of the year - Shane Beyers, (captain, Canterbury Bulls). Beyers with the outstanding record of never missing one single Bartercard Cup game since its inception.

Bartercard Cup best and fairest - Daniel Floyd (Hibiscus Coast fullback).

Earlier in October the NZ Warriors had announced their awards.

Player of the year - Francis Meli.

Rookie of the year - Thomas Leuluai.

Veiwers choice - Brent Webb.

Clubman of the year - Tony Whitworth, for his outstanding volunteer service to the Club.