Lote Tuqiri hopes to represent Fiji at next year's Rugby League World Cup

Last Updated: 24/10/12 6:02pm

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Lote Tuqiri: Australia rugby union and rugby league - now for Fiji??

Lote Tuqiri: Australia rugby union and rugby league - now for Fiji??

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Lote Tuqiri hopes to make his swansong on the international stage next year with Fiji at the Rugby League World Cup.

Joe Rabele, assistant coach of the Pacific islanders, confirmed that Tuqiri was among six current and former Australia players that they hope to field at the World Cup in Great Britain in October 2013.

Tuqiri, 33, is the highest-profile player on the list and he has made it clear that he wants to represent the country of his birth before ending a glittering career that saw him play union and league for Australia.

"He wants to finish with Fiji and, at this age, with the injuries he has encountered, he will not be selected to play for Australia," Rabele said.

"Lote will bring a lot of experience and will lift the morale of the team."

Queensland great Petero Civoniceva, Melbourne Storm's Sisa Waqa, brothers Wes and Kevin Naiqama and Parramatta Eels full-back Jarryd Hayne are also on Fiji's wanted list.

Hayne is looking to switch allegiance to Fiji with his chances of playing for Australia at full-back being blocked by Billy Slater.

"Like any Fijian player he likes to play where he feels relaxed and easy. Jarryd feels relaxed at fullback and he is more dangerous at fullback than on the wing," Rabele added.

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