Andrew Fifita puts Tonga ahead of Australia in World Cup

Andrew Fifita
Andrew Fifita

Griffith’s Andrew Fifita has withdrawn from Australia’s World Cup squad to play for Tonga.

Fifita made the surprise move on Thursday despite being named to make his return for the Kangaroos.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga thought it was a big boost for the Pacific Island team.

"Andrew called me and said he was passionate about playing for Tonga and I respect and support that decision," Meninga said.

"It is obviously a significant boost for Tonga as well as the World Cup – and international rugby league in general.”

Fifita’s decision follows on from Jason Taumalolo electing to play for Tonga instead of New Zealand earlier this week.