Wakefield prop David Fifita has been added to the Combined Nations All Stars squad for Saturday’s game against England.
The former Tonga international completes Ellery Hanley’s squad for the mid-season match at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington (5:45pm).
England and the Combined Nations All Stars will play in Tonga-inspired shirts to help raise money for the Tongan relief fund following the devastating tsunami that struck the island in January.
Fifita says he feels privileged to help give back to Tonga, and his nation of heritage.
He said: “When Ellery rang me and told me I got put in the full squad a few weeks ago it was exciting and it’s a bit more exciting when you get to represent something with a meaning behind it.
“Every time you put on that Tonga kit you get emotional just wearing it, because you’re not just representing yourselves. I’m sure during the week the boys will embrace the Tongan culture and the boys will get a big rev up too seeing how much it means to the Tongan boys. I want to be a leader in this camp and do it for Tonga.
“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, really. It hurt me when I couldn’t play last year, but getting the call-up this year, I’ve got a buzz about it and there’s a real meaning to it too.”
Ellery Hanley delighted to add David Fifita to his squad
Combined Nations All Stars coach Ellery Hanley said: “David is not only a real character but a brilliant player. His size and strength will be a huge addition to our pack. I’m delighted to welcome him into the squad.
“We’ve spoken as a group about creating a bond like the side did last year; and David is a proud Tongan who will help spread that culture throughout the group.”
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