Rennie makes awards shortlist

Newcastle Thunder prop Vincent Rennie’s superb 2016 season is in line for official recognition this September, with the Cook Island international confirmed as a nominee for the Young Player of the Year category at next Monday’s Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 awards.


Rennie, who joined the club in January has been a revelation on his move to the UK, with the powerful 22-year-old amongst the top try scorers for Thunder this season, thanks to his blockbusting style of play.

Should he be named as Kingstone Press League 1’s young player of the year, he will follow in the footsteps of Matty Beharrell, who won the same award in 2015 off the back of his efforts in Thunder colours that year.

The 2016 Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 Awards shortlists in full are as follows:

Championship Player of the Year:  Mickey Higham (Leigh Centurions), Dominic Brambini (Batley Bulldogs) and Misi Taulapapa (Featherstone Rovers)

Championship Young Player of the Year: Jordan Baldwinson (Featherstone Rovers), James Cunningham (London Broncos), Josh Guzdek (Dewsbury Rams)

Championship Coach of the Year: Neil Jukes (Leigh Centurions), John Kear (Batley Bulldogs), Andrew Henderson (London Broncos)

League 1 Player of the Year: Mark Kheirallah (Toulouse Olympique XIII), Jonathan Ford (Toulouse Olympique XIII), Kuni Minga (Toulouse Olympique XIII)

League 1 Young Player of the Year: Clement Boyer (Toulouse Olympique XIII), Vincent Rennie (Newcastle Thunder), Danny Yates (Rochdale Hornets)

League 1 Coach of the Year: Sylvain Houles (Toulouse Olympique XIII), Paul Crarey (Barrow Raiders), Alan Kilshaw (Rochdale Hornets)