New South Wales Origin prop Andrew Fifita has shocked the Rugby League world this morning, quitting the Australian side to play for Tonga at the Rugby League World Cup.
Penrith prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard has been called into the Kangaroos side as a replacement for the Cronulla forward.
Fifita is the second player to defect from a major Rugby League nation, with Jason Taumalolo choosing to play for Tonga instead of the Kiwis.
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Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga said he was informed of Fifita’s decision early this morning.
“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.”
“At the same time, it is also a great opportunity for someone like Reagan … I’m extremely excited about seeing Reagan in a Kangaroos jersey.”
Campbell-Gillard had a break-out year for Penrith, winning the club’s highest award at their presentation night on Wednesday.