Kaufusi will spend time with his family in the wake of the devastating personal loss, with no time-frame on his return.
Earlier this year Kaufusi ruled himself out of the State of Origin decider after travelling to the United States to be by his father’s side after he was hospitalised in Los Angeles.
At the time Kaufusi’s mother having issues regarding the matter and Craig Bellamy said Kaufusi wanted to get over there “as soon as possible to support them – family comes first.”
The family were able to secure passage to Australia for the ailing Kaufusi patriarch, but his condition continued to deteriorate. At the time his father’s condition was a driving factor behind Kaufusi’s decision to represent Tonga at the upcoming World Cup.
“It’s the opportunity to represent my heritage, my family, and challenge the best sides. That would be the pinnacle.
“I said I don’t want to stuff you around – I’m playing for Tonga at the World Cup,” Kaufusi said of the chat with Meninga.
“He was really good about it. He understood my reasoning. He wished me good luck.”