Oz First For Semi
Parramatta Eels winger Semi Radradra arrived on Friday from Sydney for a four- day break with family and friends.
And while Gold Coast Titans’ Jarryd Hayne and Melbourne Storm’s Suliasi Vunivalu have declared their interest to play for their homeland, the Somosomo, Taveuni native looks forward to represent the Australia Kangaroos at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
“I’m here to spend a few days with families and friends.
“I’m looking forward to the 2017 RLWC and I will happy if I’m selected for the Kangaroos,” Radradra said.
When asked if he will also consider a spot for the Vodafone Fijian Bati, Radradra said if he would if given a chance.
“I’m just going to wait and see if I’m selected in either one then it will be fine with me,” he said.
For his future plans Radradra said he has not made any list of plans yet.
“I’m just focussing on the present, I have not made any future plans yet.”
Meanwhile, the Taveuni native was earlier named in the Mal Meninga-coached Prime Minister’s XIII to take on Papua New Guinea Kumuls on September 24.
South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Greg Inglis will captain the PM’s XIII that also features Mitchell Moses, Aaron Woods, Tyson Frizell, James Tedesco and Radradra.
As reported in the Daily Telegraph one of the big selection debates for Meninga will be whether to persevere with Radradra on the left wing or pick Penrith flyer Josh Mansour for the Four Nations tournament in England on October 29-November 20.
Coach Meninga strongly believes Radradra will be an asset to the team.
“Josh is certainly putting his hand up to be counted.
“Semi has a good opportunity against the Kumuls, he’s one of the form wingers, he had an up and down year when you talk off-field stuff, but he had a good Test match, his form for Parramatta was really good,” Meninga said.
Edited by Osea Bola