In an article for Vice Sports (in partnership with NIKEiD and photographed by Ben Clement) Bill Tuiloma talks to Vice about life as the first New Zealander playing top division French football and making an international reputation as a hard working player.
The professional footballer, who plays as a left or right fullback or defensive midfielder for Marseille since 2013, has represented New Zealand under-17, under-20 and at the 2013 and 2015 under-20 World Cups.
When asked what kinds of rituals or routines help him get into game mode Bill states that he tries to relax, listen to music and, once he’s on the field, he does a lot of praying.
Currently on loan to RC Strasbourg Alsace, for him it’s about training and performing for more than just himself. Especially when playing for his national team.
“The better you are, the better team will be. I perform for the team.
“I’m playing for my family, friends. I put the New Zealand top on and I’m playing for everyone back in New Zealand.”