Whilst his primary focus remains on the NRL season even in light of what might be an injury that rules him out for a few weeks, Fijian Rugby League have received a big boost, with South Sydney Rabbitohs half John Sutton available and willing to represent Fiji at the upcoming rugby league World Cup.
Presuming he is not injured, he will be a valuable addition to the side and is potentially going to join the likes of Jarryd Hayne and other NRL stars, in what will be a formidable Fijian side.
With the Australian Fijian Rugby League (AFRL) Awards night on last Saturday night, it was there that Sutton spoke with Fiji Bati assistant coach Joe Rabele.
When the topic of potentially representing the Island nation occurred, Sutton expressed an interest to play but wanted to first focus on a crucial NRL campaign coming up for Souths.
“He Buy Viagra (Sutton) is available but first he wants to go through the 2013 NRL competition,” Rabele said.
“If he is not injured, then he is available to play for the Bati at the World Cup in England.”
As the Fijian team starts to take shape, experience with youth is vital for any side and for former NRL player Wise Kativerata, he believes local Fijian players in the NSW Cup should also have a chance to play and represent their country.
“These local players work twice as hard to get a contract overseas and while there, they work three times harder to get to that level,” said Kativerata.
“But for players who are born and bred in Australia, if they can’t reach that level, then they should not be considered for selection at all and there’ll be a lot of them coming up since it’s the World Cup year.”