Andrew Fifita and Parramatta winger Semi Radradra have both been ruled out of selection for the Australian Four Nations squad due to off-field issues.
That’s despite Fifita scoring the match-winning try in the Sharks’ drought-breaking NRL grand final triumph.
Meg Waller reports.
Fifita remains the subject of the NRL integrity unit’s investigation over his support of one-punch killer Kieran Loveridge.
Todd Greenberg, CEO, NRL: “We believe that to wear the Australian jersey, the most prestigious jersey in our game, you should have to distinguish yourself both on and off the field. As you know Andrew is currently being investigated by the integrity unit after wearing an arm band supporting someone convicted of a violent offence.”
The grand final hero was suspended last year for abusing a junior match official, and has been involved in other off-field incidents.
Radradra has also been left out due to off-field behaviour issues after he pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges in July.
There are seven debutantes who are set to step forward in the twenty four man squad.
Among those is Canberra’s Shannon Boyd, who is arguably the biggest bolter in the squad.
Cameron Smith will captain the Australian side.
In the forwards, Cronulla captain Paul Gallen wasn’t named, he suffered respiratory issues during Sunday’s N-R-L Grand Final.
Meg Waller, QUT News.