Danny Cipriani was full of enthusiasm after giving a masterly performance to inspire England to a 33-10 RBS 6 Nations victory against Ireland at Twickenham.
The Wasps fly-half kicked seven goals out of seven attempts to record 18 points on his first start for England.
“I had thought about the game in my head a million times and it was a dream to be there,” he said.
“I used to watch Iain Balshaw when I was 10 years old. Being out there playing with them was an honour for me.”
Cipriani put in a nerveless performance, kicking astutely from hand and bringing an enterprise to the England back division which has been missing of late.
He said: “I have been more nervous playing for Wasps. There was a bite in training this week and we all felt we owed the coaches and ourselves and England a big performance.
“We won away in France and played well but as a team we could be the best in the world. There are so many quality players in the side.
“The way the forwards played today I’d happily say they could take on any pack in the world. My hat’s off to them. We were running very hard today and very direct.”
Cipriani admitted he had been awake at 4am churning the match over in his mind.
He said: “I tried to do my best today but it was more a statement from the team. Our defence today was fantastic. Jamie Noon was outstanding.”
Cipriani even got to play with his great idol Wilkinson, who came on to replace Toby Flood at centre after 52 minutes and received the biggest cheer of the afternoon.
Cipriani added: “I’ve dreamt of playing with him since I was young and it was awesome.”