28 Apr 2016

Sport: Rugby league's eligibility rules labelled too "complex"

11:32 am on 28 April 2016

Fiji says rugby league's eligibility laws are so complex that a number of players and countries don't fully understand them.

Fiji NRL Chief Executive Officer Timoci Naleba said they are disappointed Australia has selected former Bati flyer Semi Radradra for next week's test against New Zealand.

He said they had expected to have a full strength Fijian team this year, including for next weekend's Pacific Test against Papua New Guinea.

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

Semi Radradra has switched the black and white of Fiji for the green and gold of Australia. Photo: Photosport

Timoci Naleba said there appears to be no standard eligibility rule for players and they plan to raise the matter at the upcoming Rugby League International Federation AGM in May.

"We've noticed that with Jarryd Hayne and a few others who have changed national jerseys over the past few years...We haven't gone back to Semi to talk to him. I think he's quite certain that he wants to play for Australia but what Fiji is concerned about is the process that has been followed - the only thing that we want to have clarified - because we will have other players, very good players that we have right now that might come into the same situation."

Timoci Naleba said Fiji will also be without Marika Koroibete for next weekend's test because they understand the Melbourne Storm star is switching codes to play union for the Melbourne Rebels.

Melbourne Storm star Marika Koroibete is returning to Fiji with his NRL team later this year.

Marika Koroibete playing for Fiji at the 2013 World Cup. Photo: PHOTOSPORT