Scotland star Mike Blair has expressed his delight at being nominated for the IRB Player of the Year award alongside some of the biggest names in the game.
The Edinburgh scrum-half has enjoyed a wonderful two-year period, culminating in being handed the Scotland captaincy during this year's RBS 6 Nations when Jason White was injured.
The 27-year-old also helped Edinburgh achieve their highest finish in the Celtic League as well as leading his country to wins over England and Argentina.
Blair has been shortlisted for the top accolade alongside Wales duo Shane Williams and Ryan Jones, New Zealand stand-off Dan Carter and Italy captain Sergio Parisse.
The winner will be announced at the IRB Awards dinner in London on November 23.
Blair said: "I'm really honoured to have been nominated. I really enjoyed the season and there were three highlights that really stood out; Edinburgh 's development, the win over England and the second Test victory in Argentina.
"I'm pleased to be put up for the award alongside such notable players. Hopefully I can play well this season and experience more wins in Edinburgh and Scotland colours."
England flanker James Haskell insists he will be pushing as hard as possible to be back from a toe injury in time to make his case for a spot in Eddie Jones' side looking to defend their RBS 6 Nations title next year.