Nick De Luca received a welcome lift as the season closed when he was named in the Celtic League team of the season.
The Edinburgh centre has had a rollercoaster year, playing the best rugby of his career during the Autumn to secure a place in Scotland's opening game of the RBS 6 Nations against France at Murrayfield.
The start to his international career did not go as he would have wished, though, with the man from Dumfries displaying nervous handling and failing to provide the penetration coach Frank Hadden was seeking.
That led to him drifting out of contention for a starting spot, a scenario which was compounded when he picked up an injury which ruled him out of the remainder of the RBS tournament.
However De Luca's form for Edinburgh against sides from Wales and Ireland saw him see off challenges from big name players such as Brian O'Driscoll.
The 24-year-old is joined in the side by team-mate Mike Blair, who has had the best year of his career.
Now established in the Scotland team, Blair was handed the captaincy owing to the injury to Jason White.
He is now almost certain to go on the Lions tour of South Africa next summer.