Where did David Fifita get his “big bopper” nickname from?

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David Fifita has been nicknamed the “Big Bopper” for some time now, but where does it actually come from?

The 30-year-old has been one of Super League’s standout props since joining Wakefield from Cronulla Sharks back in 2016.

Fifita has almost made 100 appearances and has represented Tonga and the Indigenous All Stars.

Everyone refers to Fifita as the big bopper, but how did the nickname come about?

Fifita explained: “I had the nickname before I even came to Wakefield.

“When I was playing back home (in Australia), some of the bigger fellas just said we are all big boppers and thats what we were referred to as.

“And then when I came over here, I told them (Wakefield players) that I am a big bopper and there are a few more here too.

“But not everyone can be a big bopper! It is hard to explain what one is but basically, it is just an average bloke who shouldn’t be a professional athlete looking at his body but he is!”

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