With many players having the option to choose and select the team they wish to play for at the Rugby League World Cup due to dual eligibility, New Zealand Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell has made up his mind, opting to play for the Tongan side at the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.
Eligible for both New Zealand or Tonga, Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney said:
“It will be Konrad’s decision, but I am pretty confident I know which one he’d want to play for,” said Kearney.
When the question arose of representing the Kiwis, however, Hurrell said he instead opted to play for his country of birth, Tonga.
“I have made up my mind that I’m going to go for Tonga this year. It is just something that I want to do,” Hurrell said.
“I want to go to the world cup and play, I don’t want to go there just to be the 18th man or just be in the squad.
“This is extenze in stores going to be my first World Cup and I want to represent my country and the Tongan community in it. After that, if I play hard, I will hopefully get a chance to play for the Kiwis.”
One big reason behind Hurrell’s decision was the support of his family, as well as the feeling of wanting to be out there and play with the boys, admitting that the recent Tonga v Samoa clash had him wanting to be out there and representing the Island nation.
“It was just my choice. I called my family and told them I wanted to play for Tonga and they said they’d support me in whatever I wanted to do, they just want me to make a team at the world cup,” said Hurrell.
“I watched that game between Tonga and Samoa [in April] and it was an exciting match, but at the same time, I felt like I wanted to be on the field with the boys.”