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Australia’s wing Marika Koroibete played Rugby League for Fiji

Wallaby wing Marika Koroibete knows there will be divided loyalties among his family and friends when he plays for Australia against his native Fiji in the teams’ World Cup opener in Sapporo on Saturday.

Koroibete played alongside Fiji flyer Semi Radradra in the Pacific island nation’s team at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

But after changing codes three years ago, Koroibete made his Australia debut in 2017 and has since won 24 caps for the Wallabies.

“I am obviously looking forward to it,” Koroibete told reporters at Australia’s hotel in Sapporo on Thursday after coach Michael Cheika named his team to play Fiji.

“Australia gave me an opportunity to pursue my dream

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