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Marika Koroibete crowned Australia's best

Posted On: 15 Nov 2019   |   Posted By: Planet Rugby

Wallabies wing Marika Koroibete expressed his gratitude to former Australia coach Michael Cheika after taking out the 2019 John Eales Medal.
Koroibete stormed home with strong performances in the Rugby World Cup to win the medal with 200 votes, ahead of fellow star back Samu Kerevi (150) and skipper Michael Hooper (141).
Kerevi was the leader heading into the World Cup, just edging out Koroibete, but the winger's consistency through the tournament propelled him to his first John Eales Medal.
Lock Izack Rodda was a surprise early leader after the Spring Tour count but fell back down the pack as the season went on while hooker Tolu Latu moved up the order late in the piece, finishing in fifth overall.
Koroibete is the first specialist winger to claim the award, which has historically most often gone to forwards.
Speaking after the presentation, Koroibete said he was as surprised as anyone that he was standing with the medal hanging around his neck.
“It's such an honour to be in with all the great players who...

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