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No regrets for Tonga converts

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Monday, November 27, 2017

A different decision last month would likely have seen Andrew Fifita preparing to play in a Rugby League World Cup final this Saturday instead of heading home, but the Tongan powerhouse said he wouldn't change a thing.

One of a host of players to make an 11th-hour switch to represent Tonga, having originally been selected in Mal Meninga's final Kangaroos squad only days earlier, Fifita said being part of Tonga's historic run at the tournament left him with no room for regret.

"No chance," Fifita said following his side's 20-18 semi-final exit at the hands of England in Auckland.

"I'm proud of my decision, my parents, my grandfather, my family, the boys in there, that's who I stand by.

"There's no regrets. I am proud of how far I have gone... at the end of the day I am happy.

"My heart was saying 'I think it's time to go to Tonga'.

"We have rocked this world… our Tongan fans are proud of us, and I am not just talking in Auckland and in Sydney, I am talking Australia, America, mate I have got family in Alaska going off."

While Fifita remained uncommitted on his international and State of Origin future, Sio Siua Taukeiaho appeared let slip details of a pact between himself and fellow defectors Jason Taumalolo, Manu Ma'u and Fifita, to stick with Tonga long term.

"A few of the boys like Jase, Fifita and Manu Ma'u, all of them have said they'll stay with Tonga and I'm willing to do the same," Taukeiaho said.

"I think it's just all because we made it so far… I think we want to keep the same team together for the next World Cup or whatever games we have coming up.

"I think I'll stick with Tonga for my whole career now.

"You'll probably see me in a red and white jersey for my whole time that I play footy."








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