Harry Sunderland Medal"
Harry Sunderland (23 November 1889 – 15 January 1964) was an Australian rugby league football administrator and journalist.
Sunderland was born in Gympie, Queensland in 1889. From 1913 to 1922, Sunderland was the Queensland Rugby League's secretary. His administration is credited with the growth of the League in Queensland despite the First World War. However towards the end of his tenure with the QRL, player discontent with his administration led to the breakaway formation of the Brisbane Rugby League.
After moving to Melbourne, Victoria where he unsuccessfully attempted to promote rugby league, Sunderland returned north and became an administrator of the Australian national team.
Since his death in Chorlton upon Medlock, Manchester in 1964, the Harry Sunderland Medal has been awarded to the best Australian player in each year's international campaign.
So prestigious is the Harry Sunderland Medal that it is only awarded at the discretion of the ARL.
|2011||Paul Gallen||Four Nations|
|2010||Paul Gallen||Four Nations|
|2008||Darren Lockyer||Rugby League World Cup|
|2006||Petro Civoniceva||Tri Nations|
|2005||Anthony Minichiello||Tri Nations|
|2004||Anthony Minichiello||Tri Nations|
|1992||Bradley Clyde||Australia v Great Britain|
|1988||Wally Lewis||Australia v Great Britain|
|1984||Wayne Pearce||Australia v Great Britain|
|1979||Ray Price||Australia v Great Britain|
|1974||Ron Coote||Australia v Great Britain|
|1970||Ron Coote||Australia v Great Britain|
|1967||Billy Smith||Australia v New Zealand|
|1966||Billy Smith||Australia v Great Britain|
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