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Hayne, Tupou given World Cup lifeline

By Steve Jancetic 08/10/2008 02:26:30 PM Comments (0)

Australian Test rejects Anthony Tupou and Jarryd Hayne have been handed World Cup lifelines with the duo selected for Fiji and Tonga respectively.

Both selections are subject to clearance from the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).

Tupou's naming in the Tongan side comes just months after he played for Australia in the Centenary Test against New Zealand in May.

Other notable selections in the six 'minnow' sides to contest Pool A and B NRL players Wes Naiqama and Ashton Sims for Fiji, Melbourne and NSW prop Brett White for Ireland and Matt Utai and Tony Puletua in the Samoan squad.

Manly's grand final hat-trick hero Michael Robertson will play for Scotland while Penrith centre Michael Jennings, Parramatta's Feleti Mateo and Tony Williams, giant Wests Tigers winger Taniela Tuiaki and Eels cult hero Fuifui Moimoi were all named in a powerful Tongan side to be coached by former Australian Test lock Jim Dymock.

Both Moimoi and Tuiaki will need special dispensation from the RLIF to play, the pair having already changed allegiances last year when they elected to play for New Zealand in the end of season Test against the Kangaroos.

International eligibility rules stat a player can only switch allegiances once within the two-year period between World Cups.

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