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Sport Australia vs Tonga Invitational: Andrew Fifita's emotional response to shock win

03:55  03 november  2019
03:55  03 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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A Tonga invitational XIII have produced one of the greatest performances in rugby league history by taking down world champions Australia 16-12 in But Tonga have breathed life into the international game since the defections of Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo from Australia and New Zealand

Fifita contemplated trading colours in the weeks before the Rugby League World Cup sqauds were announced, but once Jason Taumalolo In a touching clip, Fifita ' s father asks his grandfather what it means to see Andrew about to take the field for Tonga , forcing his elder breaks down in his arms as

a close up of Andrew Fifita in a red shirt© Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited

An emotional Andrew Fifita has spoken about the pride he feels in playing a role in Tonga's remarkable win over Australia in Auckland on Saturday night.

Tonga turned in an incredible performance to earn a 16-12 win at Eden Park.

It marks the first time the Kangaroos have ever lost to a tier two nation and the first time since 1978 that they'd lost to a side that wasn't New Zealand, England or Great Britan.

For Fifita, who gave up the chance to play for the Roos and for New South Wales in State of Origin, it was a particularly special moment.

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Fifita made the shock announcement this week, joining Fifita played one match for Tonga in 2010, before going on to make seven Test appearances for Australia between 2013 and 2017. Speaking on Thursday, some of Fifita ’ s former Australia teammates said they were surprised by the decision.

But not everyone supported Andrew Fifita ’ s change of allegiances at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup as he brushed Australia ’s green and gold to join Tonga ’s red army. QRL chairman Bruce Hatcher led calls for the Cronulla prop to be banned from State of Origin as punishment for turning his back on

"Australia's home for me - I call that home - and to beat the world champs and for our little island and to represent my dad, it's just unbelievable," he said.

"I copped a lot of criticism over the years, especially before that World Cup (in 2017) when I made that decision (to play for Tonga).

"But in saying that, tonight was well worth it.

"I'm just gobsmacked."

After some amazing scenes of jubilation at fulltime, Fifita confirmed there were plenty of tears shed in the dressing rooms later on.

"I was putting up a post on social media and i just didn't know what to write," he said.

"A tier two nation - the first time Australia have ever lost to a tier two nation - and I can't believe it's us.

"Everyone's crying after the game."

A video of Fifita telling his Tongan grandfather that he would be representing Tonga at the 2017 RLWC went viral two years ago, and he spoke about the pride he know feels in the decision he made.

"My grandparents will be looking down on me and they'd be that proud," he said.

"I remember him just before the World Cup, he was in tears with what we can do for Tonga.

"Nothing can beat this emotion right now.

"If you want to talk growing international footy, it's a must and we need to act now. Look at our crowds, our crowds beat any crowds out there.

"We're building in the right way, and I can't wait until the next game, because they'll be hanging from the roofs."

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