PUSH THROUGH: Bundaberg's Felipe Kaufusi in action for the Kangaroos during his debut against France on Friday night in Canberra in the World Cup.
PUSH THROUGH: Bundaberg's Felipe Kaufusi in action for the Kangaroos during his debut against France on Friday night in Canberra in the World Cup. LUKAS COCH

THE DREAM START: Kaufusi makes debut

LEAGUE: Bundaberg's Felise Kaufusi is now in a waiting game to see if he will play for Australia again in the World Cup.

The 25-year-old became the 821st player line up the Kangaroos on Friday night, playing vital minutes as Australia defeated France 52-6 in Canberra.

Kaufusi gained 106m in 10 runs and made 15 tackles as Australia safely booked his passage to the quarter-finals.

Now, the Bundaberg product will have to wait until Tuesday to see if he has done enough to play against Lebanon next weekend.

The Melbourne Storm premiership winner could get another hit out with others expected to be rested.

The former Past Brothers junior has opened up about being selected for Australia for the first time.

Contributing to PlayersVoice, a website that features player-generated content, Kaufusi revealed he was on a bus with his Storm teammates after the grand final when he found out the good news from team manager Frank Ponissi.

"Last of all, he read out my name,” Kaufusi said.

"Everyone was walking around the bus shouting and congratulating each other and I was just standing there, happy and stunned.

"None of it has sunk in yet. When the World Cup is over, though, I'm looking forward to taking a little bit of time out to think it all through.”

Kaufusi also revealed that Storm stars Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith helped him in the off-season to turn his career around after a disappointing 2016.

He also talked about his Bundaberg roots and said fruit picking with his parents made him into the person he was today.

"It taught me life ain't easy,” he said.

"It taught me the values of hard work and helping others rather than just thinking about yourself,” he said.

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