Kangaroos forward Andrew Fifita has reportedly told coach Mal Meninga he now wants to play for Tonga.

Fifita had been selected as part of Meninga's 24-man squad to represent Australia at the 2017 World Cup.

The news follows the shock decision by North Queensland superstar Jason Taumalolo to forego selection for New Zealand in favour of Tonga.

"I really enjoyed my time with the Tongan World Cup squad last time and have had a long association with Tongan coach Kristian Woolf," Taumalolo said.

"I just feel it's time to give back and hopefully I can assist and inspire young Tongan players to chase their NRL goals.

"I see with the new international rule change and opportunity to represent both Tonga and New Zealand throughout my career. I have been, and will always be, proud to wear the Kiwis jersey

"I just feel the World Cup provides developing nations like Tonga an opportunity to play on the big stage and I would like to help them with their campaign."

A host of other New Zealand players have also been reported to be on the verge of walking away from the Kiwis side and pledging themselves to Tonga including Tui Lolohea , Solomone Kata, Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei, Manu Ma'u  and David Fusitu'a.

The Tonga squad will be announced today.

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