NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12: Tyson Frizell of the Knights celebrates the win with team mates during the round one NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Canterbury Bulldogs at McDonald Jones Stadium, on March 12, 2021, in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Former Australian and Wales representative Tyson Frizell is reportedly eyeing off a surprise switch to play for Tonga at the 2022 Rugby League World Cup.

Frizell, who has played 14 Tests for the green and gold (between 2016 and 2019), to go with six for Wales (between 2011 and 2013), was unlikely to be included in Australia's World Cup team.

With the Prime Minister's XIII team selected and Frizell not included despite his Newcastle Knights being knocked out of the race for the finals, Frizell has, according to The Sydney Morning Herald reportedly reached out to the Tongan set up, who are coached by Kristian Woolf.

Tonga already have a host of back rowers to select from including Felise Kaufusi (who committed to the Island nation over Australia a month ago), Keaon Koloamatangi, Haumole Olakau'atu, Tevita Pangai Junior and potentially David Fifita, who has a decision to make between Tonga and Australia.

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It means Frizell may not be in line for selection in the 24-man squad, however, he is eligible for Tonga through his mother, who was born in the nation.

It's unclear if Frizell would consider a call up from Wales should he miss selection for both Australia and Tonga, who it appears are his first preferences.

Frizell played all three games for Wales at the 2013 World Cup, however, couldn't inspire the nation to a win as they recorded losses to the United States of America and Cook Islands.

He had more success in 2017, with Australia lifting the trophy. Frizell was named on the bench in the final.

Wales are yet to name their squad, while Tonga have named an extended squad which didn't include Frizell.

The deadline for players to confirm their eligibility is three weeks from the start of the tournament.


  1. International eligibility is a joke.

    PVL – if you’re reading this, sir, please agree to sort it out once this world cup is over.

    a) If you play for a Tier 2 nation you can switch to a Tier 1
    b) If you play for a Tier 1 nation you can switch to a Tier 2
    c) But you can play only for two nations in your career.
    d) And you can make only two switches in your career.

    And while you are at it:
    e) If you are not eligible to play for Australia, you can’t play State Of Origin

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