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Fiji and Australia in tug of war

There is a tug of war between the Fiji Bati and Australia Kangaroos for Panthers hooker Api Koroisau and Paramatta star Reagan Campbell-Gillard.

The two players have been named in the Fiji Bati extended World Cup squad but they’ve also put their hands up to represent Australia.

Australia has already lost players who have opted to play for their island homes of Samoa and Tonga.

The 29-year-old Koroisau has played 16 Tests for Fiji, however midway through the season Koroisau indicated his willingness to don the green and gold of Australia.

There is a tug of war between the Fiji Bati and Australia Kangaroos for Panthers hooker Api Koroisau (pictured) and Paramatta star Reagan Campbell-Gillard. Picture: Api Koroisau Facebook

The player knows that his chance of lifting the World Cup trophy is better with the Kangaroos but the decision is entirely up to him. Campbell-Gillard has also found himself in a similar situation.

Fiji coach Joe Rabele acknowledged Koroisau’s interest in playing for the Kangaroos but remains hopeful that he will represent Fiji at the World Cup in October.

“I know that he has some interest to play for the Kangaroos, but the door is still open for Api Koroisau,” Rabele said.

“Hopefully he will get back to me because we will send invitation letters to all the clubs for all the players that we select if they want to be part of this program, so we are waiting for them to respond.

“We are departing for England on October 25 so before we depart we need to select our best team that we can for the World Cup.

“At the moment we have to submit this squad to the World Cup so when we submit the names we have to work with this squad.”

There is a tug of war between the Fiji Bati and Australia Kangaroos for Panthers hooker Api Koroisau and Paramatta star Reagan Campbell-Gillard (pictured). Picture: Reagan Campbell-Gillard Facebook

If Koroisau says yes to Fiji then he could potentially join a wealth of talent in the Fijian squad which includes the likes of Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Jacob Saifiti, Tariq Sims, Kevin Naiqama, Viliame Kikau, Maika Sivo, Tui Kamikamica and Daniel Saifiti.

“Those players in the NRL grand final will come after the grand final,” Rabele said.

“Our warm-up match is against England so that is where we want to set up our structures for the game against Australia.

“Hopefully all the best players will be available for this World Cup campaign.”

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