Fifta and Radradra deemed ineligible for Kangaroos squad

Cronulla grand final hero Andrew Fifita and Parramatta star Semi Radradra have both been deemed ineligible for selection in the Kangaroos squad due to off-field woes.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg confirmed the news at a press conference on Tuesday morning, saying it was about building a great culture within the Australian side.

Fifita was snubbed over the on-going controversy related to his writing a message of support for convicted one-punch killer Kieran Loveridge.


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Earlier in the year he was also suspended for six weeks for abusing a junior match official.

He’s also been involved in a number of off-field incidents over the last 12 months.

“We believe to wear the Australian jersey, you should have to distinguish yourself both on and off the field,” Greenberg said.

“We therefore determine Andrew should not be considered for selection in the Australian squad for the Four Nations Tour and we have delivered that news to teh Australian selectors.

“I hope this decision will be seen for what it is – our determination to build a culture in the Kangaroos which every Australian can be proud of.

“More broadly, I hope players realise that misbehavior can in future lead to them missing out on their dream of playing for their country.”

“In Semi’s case, while he has pleaded not guilty, he has charges to answer at the end of the tournament,” Greenberg said.

“We don’t want either him or the team to be distracted by this matter and have decided he will not be eligible for selection on this occasion.”

Earlier in the year, Radradra pleaded not guilty to three domestic violence charges following allegations he assaulted his former partner on a number of occasions in 2014 and 2015.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga was also at today’s press conference and confirmed he agreed with the NRL’s decision.

“The Kangaroos jersey should be held at the highest standards. We should draw a line in the sand over player behaviour.”

While Fifita and Radradra miss out on selection, it was better news for the seven debutantes name in the squad for the  October 15 Test match against New Zealand at Perth’s nib Stadium.

The 24-man squad contains seven potential Kangaroos debutantes – Shannon Boyd, Jake Friend, Tyson Frizell, Valentine Holmes, James Maloney, Matt Moylan and Justin O’Neill.

“This is a new era for the Kangaroos and the squad which has been selected for the Four Nations tournament reflects that,” Meninga said.

“This squad has been selected for the present, but with an eye to the future.

“It is extremely heartening to see the players buy in and the quality of the players available highlights that.

“We have very experienced Test players as well as some outstanding young players who have big futures in the green and gold.”

Australian 24-man squad: Cameron Smith (capt), Darius Boyd, Shannon Boyd, Boyd Cordner, Cooper Cronk, Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, Jake Friend, Tyson Frizell, Matt Gillett, Valentine Holmes, Greg Inglis, David Klemmer, James Maloney, Josh Mansour, Trent Merrin, Michael Morgan, Matt Moylan, Justin O’Neill, Josh Papalii, Matt Scott, Sam Thaiday, Johnathan Thurston, Aaron Woods.

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