Tongan rugby league superstar Andrew Fifita would welcome the chance to see a Pacific Island team in the NRL competition, but says they need more infrastructure around the game in the islands to make it happen.
1 NEWS reporter Matt Manukia asked the forward what he thought about having a Pacific Island team in the NRL during an interview at Tonga's training session in Christchurch today.
"To be honest it'd be massive, it'd be huge, but I think you need to start with the grassroots over there first, and getting the quality of footy from the little islands," Fifita said.
Fifita was more confident about a Pacific Island team joining the Four Nations competition sometime in the near future.
"We have been discussing a Pacific Islander all-star team for the Four Nations so they could have England New Zealand Australia and why not a Pacific Island team?" Fifita said.
The big forward also talked about his connection with Christchurch and the phenomenal time he has had catching up with family there.
Tonga take on Lebanon in a Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final at Christchurch Stadium, Saturday, 5pm.