Watch: Andrew Fifita's emotional grandad breaks down in tears after being told grandson will play for Tonga at World Cup

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Cronulla Sharks and former Kangaroos star Andrew Fifita has shown just how much his decision to play for Tonga at this year's Rugby League World Cup means to his family in a heartwarming video with his grandfather.

Fifita announced last week he had decided to decline his selection to play for the Kangaroos this year so he could play for Mate Ma'a Tonga.

The 28-year-old touched down in the small pacific nation this week to train and prepare for the tournament but it also allowed him to catch up with family living in Tonga – including his grandfather.

Fifita shared on his Instagram account the moment his grandfather found out he was wearing the red jersey instead of the green and gold – his grandad burst into proud tears and embraced his grandson.

The NRL star visited his old school in Nuku’alofa with his World Cup teammates.
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"Somewhere in my heart was thinking about the little tiny island in Tonga," Fifita told Nine News.

"I feel like it’s a part of me now, it's made the player I am and given me the abilities I have from my father's side."

It’s a sentiment shared by many members of the team including Ata Hingano and Sione Katoa who both declared for Tonga as well.

Ata Hingano, Tui Lolohea and Sione Katoa spoke passionately about what returning to the island means to them and their family.
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"Money doesn't come into it," Hingano said.

"It's all for the sacrifices our parents have made for us to be in the position that we're in today."

Katoa echoed Hingano's comments.

"All of our parents have sacrificed a lot for us to get our future."

"It's time to give back to the community."

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