Topic: Rugby

Milner-Skudder finalist for inaugural Breakthrough Player of the Year award

World Rugby has just announced the finalists for the inaugural Breakthrough Player of the Year 2015 award. Ngāti Porou's Nehe Milner-Skudder is one of the three named. 

Also up for the award is Scotland centre Mark Bennett and Georgia scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze.

The nominees were all selected by an independent panel consisting of former Wallaby scrum-half Gregan, former Argentina captain Felipe Contepomi and journalists Stephen Jones, Sarah Mockford and Jim Kayes.

Players must have played less than one year of senior international rugby.

The winner of the prestigious award will be announced at the World Rugby Awards dinner at Battersea Evolution, London, on November 1.

Milner-Skudder made his debut for the All Blacks in August of this year and has been a standout player at this year's Rugby World Cup event.

Te Kāea reporter, Te Aorere Pēwhairangi spoke to Milner-Skudder's mother soon after he was chosen for the squad where she spoke of her elation.

That story can be viewed below: