It will come as a boost for Fijian rugby league, as well as illustrating that for some players, their roots are where they feel most comfortable – as Sydney Roosters prop Kane Evans, expresses a desire to represent Fiji at the upcoming Rugby League World Cup, later this year.
Evans, 21, knows that whilst making the Fijian side will not necessarily be easy, given the calibre of players Fiji has to choose from – he intends to work his backside off and his hardest, to get into the side.
For Evans, it would be a dream come true to play for the Fijian side, with the prop eligible for the Island nation, with a Fijian mother and two Fijian grandparents Vanuabalavu and Nabitu.
My dream is to play for Fiji and I will try all my best in the RLWC,â€ Evans said.
â€œI want to play for Fiji because Iâ€™m a proud Fijian so playing for Fiji should be an honour.â€
â€œI am still a junior and we are allowed to go and play for our country of our choice because I am half Fijian and half Australian.
â€œIt is true there is really big money if you play for the Kangaroos but to be honest about myself, it will be more fulfilling to play for Fiji.
â€œThere are many good Fijians out there and I know there will definitely be big competition for me to make the team, but I will do my homework.â€
Evans idolises Fijian legend Petero Civoniceva, and has played in two representative teams in the past – the Under 20’s Fijian side and the Australian Fijian side.