Wallabies vice-captain wants to play for Fiji
Wallabies vice-captain Samu Kerevi says that he wants to play for Fiji at the next Rugby World Cup.
Kerevi represented Australia at this year's tournament, where the Wallabies exited in the quarter-finals against England, but does not believe that he'll be in a gold jersey for the 2023 tournament.
Kerevi is set to play out a three-year contract with Suntory Sungoliath in Japan, during which time he'd be ineligible to represent the Wallabies.
According to the Fiji Sun, Kerevi has indicated that his time as an Australian Test player is likely over.
"My manager has told me to go to Japan so that I can aim to play for Fiji in the next Rugby World Cup," Kerevi is quoted as saying.
"It (is) all in the air for me to focus on Japan. I cannot play for the Wallabies because I cannot reach the threshold of 60 caps, which they are trying to lower."
Kerevi, 26, has 33 Test caps, meaning that he is not even close to eligibility for Australian duty while playing abroad (under the 'Giteau Law'). Rugby Australia plans to review its overseas eligibility rules this off-season.
The Fijian-born centre has played for the Queensland Reds since 2014 and was Australia's Super Rugby Player of the Year this season. He also finished second in voting for the John Eales Medal, behind fellow Fijian product Marika Koroibete.
Kerevi said that family and his desire to experience a new culture were big factors in his decision to play in Japan.
"The biggest drive here is my two brothers, Josua and Jone," he said.
"They know how to speak three languages, which (is) why I am a bit jealous."