In front of over 700 VIPs and special guests, Cowboys barnstorming lock Jason Taumalolo was recognised by his peers in winning the 2016 Players’ Player of the Year award.

He was a runaway winner in voting for the Anthony Rock Memorial Award, polling 42 votes ahead of Lachlan Coote (15), Scott Bolton and Ethan Lowe (both 11).

During his breakout season – his sixth at the top level – Taumalolo passed the 100-game mark for the club, scored six tries, averaged over 164m across his 27 games, and effected 24 tackles per match.