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Fotu-Moala wins player of the World Cup

New Zealand Kiwi Ferns back-rower Teuila Fotu-Moala has been crowned Women's World Cup player of the tournament in Brisbane on Wednesday.

RLIF Chief Executive David Collier made the announcement in front of a packed house at the World Cup Grand Final Lunch.

All four World Cup final squads – the Australian men's and women's team, England's men side and New Zealand women's squad were in attendance.  

Fotu-Moala played in three of four matches leading up to the Kiwi Ferns' World Cup final against the Jillaroos on Saturday.

Her standout performances provide enough to edge out Kiwi Ferns teammate Honey Hireme and Jillaroos playmaker Ali Brigginshaw, who were also shortlisted for the award. 

The powerful forward has dominated in attack with charging runs and shapes as one of the Jillaroos' biggest threats on Saturday, but it is the strength of her defence which has really stood out.

Nicknamed "Jukebox" by former Australian captain Darren Lockyer, because "the hits keep coming", Fotu-Moala is among the leaders in most statistical categories per game for the World Cup – third for run metres and line-break assists, fifth for tackle breaks, second for post-contact metres and sixth for line-engaged runs.

A sports coach to school students in New Zealand, Fotu-Moala was also named Kiwi Ferns women's Player of the Year in 2017, establishing her as one of the top female players in the world game.

This article first appeared on NRL.com

Alicia Newton‌ | @anewts91
National Correspondent‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com

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