All Black sensation Nehe Milner-Skudder has been confirmed as one of five finalists for this year's Te Tama-a-Tānenuiārangi award for Māori Sportsman of the Year at the 2015 Māori Sports Awards.
Its been a stellar year for Milner-Skudder, who made his debut for the world champion All Blacks squad against Australia on August 8.
He's a member of the Wellington based Super Rugby team, The Hurricanes, who this year made the grand final of the Super Rugby Competition. Following this, he then went on to become a stand out player at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
His success doesn't end there, having only worn the black jersey for a mere three months, Milner-Skudder has scored a total of eight tries in eight test matches, as well as those he gained at the World Cup.
This is the first time the Ngāti Porou superstar has been named as a finalist for the prestigious award.
This Friday he will fly out to London where he will play for the New Zealand Barbarian team as they prepare to take on Argentina.
Te Kāea has covered a range of stories on Milner-Skudder, with the most popular story being his recent rendezvous with 10-year-old school boy Kuratiwaka Ngarimu.