As far as international debuts go they don’t get much better than that – with Jake Connor producing a sensational performance as England beat New Zealand in Denver.
The Hull FC star played a pivotal role in the 36-18 win, scoring once and assisting two others, after coming on from the interchange bench alongside club team-mate Scott Taylor.
Connor played most of the match at half back, and took the plaudits following a terrific Snake-like display.
“As far as debuts go, I don’t think it could have gone much better,” he told the clubs official website.
“Wearing an England jersey is something I have always dreamed of, and to come in and perform like I did is unbelievable.
“I’d like to thank Wayne Bennett and Jamie Peacock for giving me the chance and allowing me to show the world what I can do.”
After shining on debut, the target for Connor now is to gain selection for the Autumn Test series against New Zealand.
After such a display you’d assume he’d be the front rower, but he admitted the play the international game is played is different to club level.
“You’ve got to come in and play smart. It’s a lot different to club level. It’s quicker and in some ways like touch rugby. Some of the contact is huge,” Connor explained.
“I was a bit surprised, I don’t usually score long range tries. But I’m proud to get my name on the score-sheet.
“I want to keep playing well for Hull and keep myself in contention for the series at the end of the year. It’s been a great trip and I’m hungry for more.”