New Zealand wing Nehe Milner-Skudder reflected on an "unreal" World Cup for him personally after he helped his side beat Australia to glory.
Milner-Skudder scored the first try of the final at Twickenham, taking his tournament tally to six, as the All Blacks ran out 34-17 victors.
And the back who only burst onto the scene in New Zealand this year with the Hurricanes was in an emotional mood at the full-time whistle.
"It's been unreal, and to top it off with a game like that, it's just awesome. I'm just happy to be in this environment, just loving every minute of it, and to get acknowledged like that (his nomination for breakthrough player of the year) it's a bonus and I'm pretty honoured," he said.
"I'm just going out there and trying to do my job the best that I can. It definitely helps looking at the side, you've got some legends of the game. I'm just buzzing to be hanging out with them off the field."
Milner-Skudder also reserved praise for captain Richie McCaw for laying on the pass that set him up for the opening try of Saturday's game.
"I thought he might have tucked it and gone himself. It was pretty kind of 'Skip' to put me over for one," he concluded.