Wallabies lock Nick Frost has been rewarded for his breakthrough International season, named Rugby Australia's Rookie of the Year for 2022.
It caps an eventful 12 months for the lock, who was widely rumoured to be heading to Japan at the end of last year.
However, Frost opted to sign a long-term deal and was rewarded with a debut Wallabies cap, slotting in for the second Test against England in Brisbane after Darcy Swain's suspension.
From here, the 23-year-old has established himself as a mainstay of the side, going on to play nine out of the 14 Test matches in 2022, including playing the full 80 minutes in each of his four appearances during the Spring Tour
“2022 was a special year for me, and definitely one I’ll look back on at the end of my career,” said Frost in a statement.
“Getting the chance to play for the Wallabies for the first time was obviously a huge milestone for myself and kicking on from that, earning more minutes at international level – it was awesome to be a part of.
“I’ve got a great bunch of mates here at the Brumbies and, with this award, I can only thank them, my coaches, and my friends and family for supporting me along the way.”
Frost claimed the award in a year full of breakout talent making their name across all levels of Australian Rugby, including fellow Brumbies teammate Corey Toole, Wallaroos standout Georgina Friedrichs and Waratahs trio Mark Nawaqanitawase, Langi Gleeson and Dylan Pietsch.
“It was only a matter of time before his talent and work ethic saw Nick picked for the Wallabies,” RA CEO Andy Marinos said.
“It was certainly no surprise to see him flourish in that environment, and become such an important player for the national team.
“He is a rare talent with great mobility and athleticism, and a fantastic attitude to hard work and improvement – Nick goes about his business with minimal fuss and a huge emphasis on the team.
“I expect that he will be a crucial part of the Wallabies program for many years to come.”