Aptly nicknamed "The Bus", Julian Savea has always been a prestigious talent but after a forgettable debut Super Rugby season for the Hurricanes in 2011 where he didn't score a solitary try, his rise since has been meteoric.
The Rongotai College old boy was a New Zealand secondary schools and under 20's star and was named the IRB junior player of the year in 2010.
He was also a standout on the IRB Sevens circuit in 2009.
Since then, the 24-year-old Hurricanes and All Blacks wing has gone on to play 62 times for the Wellington franchise and 33 tests for the All Blacks.
He has scored 30 tries for the All Blacks, 19 behind record try-scorer Doug Howlett who scored 49 in his career in 62 tests.
This season Savea led the competition in "clean breaks" made through the first seven rounds with 11.
He was fifth in "defenders beaten" through eight rounds with 23.