All Blacks prop Karl Tu'inukuafe's nomination for World Rugby's Breakthrough Player of the Year award hasn't gone unnoticed by his teammates, thrilled for the rookie front rower's achievement.
Tu'inukuafe, 25, is one of three nominations for the award, having started the season without a Super Rugby contract, working his way into the Chiefs, before All Blacks selection against France in June.
Quizzed by media in Japan this afternoon, teammate Ardie Savea spoke of the All Blacks' delight at Tu'inukuafe's recognition.
"How good eh - so stoked for the man," Savea began.
"(He's) probably the most kindest, humblest guy you'll ever meet.
"It's awesome to see him get recognised, get nominated for breakthrough player of the year.
"Fingers crossed, (we're) really chuffed for him."
Tu'inukuafe will be up against South Africa's Aphiwe Dyantyi and Ireland's Jordan Larmour, with the award handed out at the end of this year.