Tameifuna changes his mind

Date published: October 31 2014

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Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna has changed his mind about playing for Tonga and now hopes to play for New Zealand instead.

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna has changed his mind about playing for Tonga and now hopes to play for New Zealand instead.

Tameifuna, who was in the All Blacks training squad in 2012, was originally selected for Tonga’s end of year tour which consists of away Tests against Georgia, the United States and Scotland.

But the 23-year-old’s All Blacks dream is on again and he has now set himself an April deadline to declare his international eligibility.

This after he withdrew from Tonga’s tour to fight in a charity boxing bout with rugby league player Willie Mason in December.

“I pulled out of the tour so I was eligible to play for the All Blacks but who knows what will happen after April next year,” Tameifuna told TVNZ.

If Tameifuna doesn’t make the All Blacks squad by April he will instead represent Tonga at next year’s Rugby World Cup in England.

“I want to play the World Cup next year,” he added.

“Whether it’s the black jersey or red jersey.”

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