Mike Brown's 2013 has been a year of huge progress.
A man once known more infamously as "Mister Angry" has honed his talents on both the international and club stage, capping off his calendar with some sensational form in the November Test series.
However, that's just one reason why the fullback stands out as England's brightest star from the past 12 months, overcoming obstacles and trials along the way, but ultimately displaying great resolve and emerging as a better player because of it.
Stuart Lancaster's star-studded cast of Premiership big guns boasts many an international marvel, and the likes of Dylan Hartley, Chris Robshaw and Owen Farrell along with others may feel aggrieved at being bested in this hunt.
However, it's Brown who stands above all others as 2013's finest, with the reasons as to why discussed up ahead.