After a whirlwind 12 months, Moses Suli is ready for the next step in his quite remarkable NRL journey as he makes his internatioanl debut for Tonga on Saturday.
Back track to this time last year, and the then 17-year-old was injured with back problems, having shown glimpses of promise through his SG Ball season and two Holden Cup games.
He was hopeful of a return for the NSW U/20's team to face Queensland later in the year, but would eventually be rubbed out for the year — robbing him of that opportunity.
But after re-signing with Wests Tigers at the start of the year and a shock selection in Round 1, Suli would show just why all at the Club were so eager to see him extend his stay.
Just last week, the talented teenager showed his raw power and athleticism against the Cronulla Sharks, chalking up 160 metres and 10 tackle busts, as well as a try and a linebreak.
That had led to him initially being selected in the Junior Kangaroos side, before Tongan Coach Kristian Woolf called with an opportunity to make his international debut at just 18.
"I found on Sunday and the camp was the next day," Suli said.
"I was getting ready to go to the Junior Kangaroos camp, but then the Coach called me and asked if I would like to play for Tonga and I was really happy to take that offer from him.
"I took the chance straight away; I'll take any opportunity that comes my way.
"I told my mum that I had been selected and she was happy — that's all I wanted."
See what Suli had to say in full about making his international debut in the video above!