Huddersfield captain, Danny Brough, missed out on the Rugby League International Federation player of the year award to Australia's Sonny Bill Williams.
The award crowns a remarkable first season back in rugby league for Williams, who returned to the sport at the turn of the year after a five-year spell in rugby union and boxing.
Williams and Brough were named in the 2013 international team of the year, a side selected on performances at club and representative level between October 2012 and November 2013.
The team also includes England front rower Sam Burgess, whose younger brother George was named rookie of the year, an award open to players aged 21 or under who made their Test debut during the voting period.
Huddersfield Giants stand off Danny Brough was named Super League Man of Steel last night, and today England coach Steve McNamara named his 24 man squad for the World Cup, which starts later this month.
And making history in his line-up are three of the Burgess brothers. They were born in Dewsbury but are now based in Australia. John Shires reports.