Western Force captain Ian Prior shed a few tears following an emotional tribute from his teammate Jeremy Thrush ahead of his milestone match.
Prior will notch triple figures when he comes off the bench in Friday night's trans-Tasman Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders in Christchurch.
The 30-year-old thought his time in Super Rugby ranks was over after the Force were brutally axed in 2017.
Prior took up a deal with English club Harlequin FC, but he answered an SOS from the Force a short time later when they were saved by billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest.
The fiery scrumhalf has been captain of the club for the past four years, and has taken great pride in seeing the Force go from Super Rugby rejects to an integral part of the new-look competitions.
"I received my jersey today off Jeremy Thrush, and he got emotional and teared up, and so did I when he was speaking about it," Prior said of his milestone.
"To see how much this means not only to yourself but also those who you've played with is pretty special.
"I had the opportunity to chase another Super Rugby contract in 2018 with another club, and I just wasn't interested.
"I made peace with the fact that Super Rugby was done for me, and I wanted to chase overseas opportunities, which is why I went to Harlequins.
"I was lucky enough to receive the opportunity to come back and help rebuild the club.
"It didn't look like we'd get back into Super Rugby until 2025 at least, but through the Force spirit and the inspiration of Andrew and Nicola Forrest, I sit here today. I'm very lucky."
Prior has been usurped in the starting side this year by Argentinian scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli.
It's been a tough demotion for Prior, but he's kept his head high.
"It's been frustrating at times," Prior said.
"It would be easy for anyone in my situation to hang their head and kick stones, and not contribute in a way they're meant to.
"But I've chosen not to do that. I'm the captain of this club, and I can't set an example that I don't expect anyone else to follow.
"I've been really proud that over the last six or eight weeks I've played some of my best rugby."
Stand-in skipper Kyle Godwin was glowing in his praise of Prior, who is contracted for next year.
"He's been a great leader for the Force," Godwin said.
"He's a tenacious, determined, fiery bugger who is a quality player. He epitomises the Western Force. He's the heart and soul of the team."