World Cup not on Mafi’s mind

Date published: May 20 2015

Western Force forward Steve Mafi should be an instant pick for Tonga at this year's Rugby World Cup, but his focus is short-term.

Mafi is in his first campaign with the Force and has shone in the second row, bringing his athleticism to the set-piece and around the field.

The former Leicester Tiger's good form has caught the eye of Tonga high performance manager Peter Harding with Mafi in line to add to his ten caps since making his Test debut in 2010.

“I’m not too sure at the moment [about the World Cup]," Mafi told The West Australian. 

"I just want to focus on finishing off the season here and we’ll just see what happens."

Mafi deferred any praise about his performances onto his team-mates, while opening up on his relationship with Michael Foley.

“My performance is based on the other boys. It comes down to a team effort. I play well when the boys play well,” added Mafi.

“I love a bit of open play. I’ve spoken to Foles (coach Michael Foley) about it a few times but the main thing is I just want to be out there playing rugby.”