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Friday, 3 May 2019

Fifita's emotional response to Origin probe


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Andrew Fifita has responded to a call from NRL Immortal Andrew Johns to play State of Origin football for NSW following the Sharks 20-18 victory over the Storm.

Fifita was impressive in Cronulla's comeback victory on Friday night as he lead from the front to see-off the NRL leaders and hand them their second loss of the season.

Following the match Johns who had nothing but praise for the Sharks favourite and was compelled to probe into his representative intentions after the 29-year-old emphatically declared for Tonga over NSW last year.

"Andrew, yes or no, Will you play for NSW this year in State of Origin?" Johns asked.

Andrew Fifita

That drew a short chuckle before silence as an impassioned Fifita spoke up.

"Like I said, same as last year, I’m sorry Freddy," he started.

"The Pinnacle in our game is to play for your country, and look we’ve created something really really good for the national footy – I just don’t want it to drop off.

"You talk about the pinnacle of our game, to represent your country. I’d like to see if there was an Aussie game that weekend how many boys would pull out to represent their countries.

Andrew Fifita

"That’s a credit to yourself mate and I say well done."

That drew adulation from Johns who told the NRL star:"That’s a credit to yourself mate, well done."

This isn't the firs time Johns has backed Fifita's decision to elect for Tonga.

Late last year Johns praised the NRL star for what he saw as unwavering integrity that is often lost in the modern game.

Fifita leads the Tongan war cry

“I love Fifita as a player and I love that he says what he thinks,” Johns said.

“These days everyone's pretty careful about what they say. Sometimes what he says isn't right but he's entertaining, he's his own person.

“Occasionally he does some boofhead things, like a lot of us do, but I think he should be applauded for choosing Tonga over the riches of playing for Australia and he's actually said that playing for Tonga means more to him than playing Origin, which is pretty special.

“So you understand the passion of these guys and I think Fifita will come out on top, I think he's an out and out superstar.”

Andrew Fifita has responded to a call from NRL Immortal Andrew Johns to play State of Origin football for NSW following the Sharks 20-18 victory over the Storm.

Fifita was impressive in Cronulla's comeback victory on Friday night as he lead from the front to see-off the NRL leaders and hand them their second loss of the season.

Following the match Johns who had nothing but praise for the Sharks favourite and was compelled to probe into his representative intentions after the 29-year-old emphatically declared for Tonga over NSW last year.

"Andrew, yes or no, Will you play for NSW this year in State of Origin?" Johns asked.

Andrew Fifita

That drew a short chuckle before silence as an impassioned Fifita spoke up.

"Like I said, same as last year, I’m sorry Freddy," he started.

"The Pinnacle in our game is to play for your country, and look we’ve created something really really good for the national footy – I just don’t want it to drop off.

"You talk about the pinnacle of our game, to represent your country. I’d like to see if there was an Aussie game that weekend how many boys would pull out to represent their countries.

Andrew Fifita

"That’s a credit to yourself mate and I say well done."

That drew adulation from Johns who told the NRL star:"That’s a credit to yourself mate, well done."

This isn't the firs time Johns has backed Fifita's decision to elect for Tonga.

Late last year Johns praised the NRL star for what he saw as unwavering integrity that is often lost in the modern game.

Fifita leads the Tongan war cry

“I love Fifita as a player and I love that he says what he thinks,” Johns said.

“These days everyone's pretty careful about what they say. Sometimes what he says isn't right but he's entertaining, he's his own person.

“Occasionally he does some boofhead things, like a lot of us do, but I think he should be applauded for choosing Tonga over the riches of playing for Australia and he's actually said that playing for Tonga means more to him than playing Origin, which is pretty special.

“So you understand the passion of these guys and I think Fifita will come out on top, I think he's an out and out superstar.”

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