BY SCOTT DILLON
Tongan prop Andrew Fifita has labelled his nation’s clash against Australia as the ‘biggest game of the year’ and would sell out the much larger Eden Park across town.
The Kangaroos come into the clash at Mt. Smart Stadium after a 26-24 loss to New Zealand last weekend.
“It’s going to be the biggest game of the year and you are going to see a sea of red,” the big prop said.
“If we took this game to Eden Park we would still pack that out. It’s Auckland and this is where everyone wants to be.”
“It’s about growing the international game in the right way. It is not about three teams anymore and I think we have challenged that from last year.
“I just wish we had a few more games for Tonga. I wish we had a trial match coming into this game so we can be a real force.”
Meanwhile Fifita has caused controversy back in Sydney by ripping into his own club side for not showing him enough support.
The outspoken big man believes that it would have been much different if he was playing for Australia and that Cronulla had dropped the ball.
“If I was in the Australian team the club would be proud that I was in it,” he said.
“I am still waiting for my Instagram post that I am playing for Tonga from the club.
“There’s a little dig there. I guess most of the boys want to be acknowledged.
“I remember our CEO (Barry Russell) sitting there and giving all the credits to the Australian players and Junior Kangaroos, and I was waiting for my name to be called, just for representing on the international stage.
”But there was no Tonga, no PNG for ‘Chicko’ (James Segeyaro). I just wish our little tier-two nations could be recognised, too. It is still our international team and we want to be recognised.”
Fifita’s civil unrest with the Sharks continues.