27 Apr 2016

Sport: Radradra call-up stirs league eligibility rule debate

11:55 am on 27 April 2016

Rugby league's eligibility rules have flared up again after Fijian star Semi Radradra was named among four debutants in the Australian squad to face New Zealand in next week's Anzac Test.

The 23-year-old Parramatta Eels winger was born in Suva and represented the Fiji Bati at the 2013 World Cup and in the Pacific Test against Samoa two years ago.

Semi Radradra Turagasoli Waqavatu, pictured here in Fiji gear at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup (Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

Semi Radradra played for Fiji at the last World Cup. Photo: Photosport

Brisbane Broncos prop Josh McGuire has also earned a Kangaroos call-up, a year after playing for his sixth test for Toa Samoa against Tonga.

The selections stirred the ongoing controversy around rugby league's international eligibility rules.

Under the Rugby League International Federation's regulations, a player cannot switch countries "until the end of the next World Cup tournament, or the expiry of two years, whichever is earlier".

The other new faces in Mal Meninga's squad are Sydney Roosters winger Blake Ferguson and North Queensland Cowboys playmaker Michael Morgan.

Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea are also in action in the annual Pacific Test double header next Saturday.