Despite his nation's World Cup hopes being shattered, Bill Tuiloma was over the moon after making just his second appearance for New Zealand on Wednesday night.
The 18-year old Marseille full-back played around 50 minutes of the World Cup playoff second leg against Mexico in Wellington, which the All Whites eventually lost 4-2 (9-3 on aggregate), and admits that it was a massive occasion for him so early in his fledgling career.
"The crowd was incredible," Tuiloma said. "It was unbelievable.
"I won't forget this moment. It's a dream come true for me to be able to play top football, an international, at home as well.
"It's a big step up. It's a lot faster, the players are really clever and physical as well."
Of his hopes of playing first team football in France's Ligue 1 with Les Phoceens, Tuiloma added: "I started training with the first team a couple of weeks ago so hopefully I can get a spot in there and get a debut as well."
"It's probably not his favoured position, left back, but he gave it a good go."
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