HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 11: Andrew Fifita of Tonga takes a selfie during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Tonga at Waikato Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

The NSW Blues are preparing for life without Andrew Fifita after the revelation of his long-awaited eligibility decision.

The opportunity to represent his Tongan heritage this year once again proved too good to refuse.

The debate regarding eligibility began with Fifita and his infamous walk out on the Kangaroos to represent Tonga.

While many would support his ambition, anger would be directed towards Fifita due to the fact he withdrew just prior to the opener, jeopardising Mal Meninga’s initial plans.

Without formally publicising his decision, Fifita took to Halfcast UFC Podcast. 

“I’ve been putting it off for a while now … but I won’t be playing Origin,” Fifita confirmed.

“I won’t be playing for Australia again and I’m sticking with Tonga.”

During the podcast, the 28-year old declared that ‘he had something to say’ resulting in the statement of ‘we went so well, I’m going to stick with Tonga for the rest of my playing career’.

Sharks head coach Shane Flanagan publicly backed his decision earlier in the week.

“I think he’s confident in the decision he’s going to make,” Flanagan said.

“I don’t need to advise him what he should or shouldn’t do. It’s coming from the heart.”

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