Cornish Pirates director of rugby Ian Davies has paid tribute to Rob Elloway as the hooker prepares to play his 200th game for the Championship club.
Elloway, who has been capped by Germany, joined the Pirates in 2007.
"He's probably one of the best hookers in the Championship, and has been for a number of years," Davies said.
"He's a good lad and last year got the opportunity to play Premiership rugby up at London Welsh, just to prove the quality of the man."
Elloway, 32, has been named in the Pirates' starting line-up for their match against Rotherham at the Mennaye on Sunday.
He is eligible to play for Germany having been born in Rinteln while his father served in the British Army, winning his sole Germany cap in a European Nations Cup Division One match against Russia in 2009.
But that cap may well have hindered him progressing on to higher levels, according to Davies:
"London Irish tried to sign him a few years back, but because he was non-EQP (English Qualified Player) they didn't follow it through, so I think he regrets it to a certain extent.
"But at the same time it's international rugby and you've got to be proud of that," he added to BBC Radio Cornwall.