Andrew Fifita has revealed he'd consider playing for the Indigenous All Stars ahead of Tonga if they are granted entry into the Rugby League World Cup.
Both the fate of an Indigenous bid to play in the tournament and the entire competition hang in the balance, after Australia and New Zealand's withdrawal last week.
Indigenous stars including Josh Addo-Carr and Cody Walker met with NRL CEO Andrew Abdo in recent days, where they were warned about the risks associated with heading to England for the tournament.
But at this stage, they still want to go.
If they were granted permission by the International Rugby League, that would create a headache for Fifita.
The Cronulla prop created headlines four years ago when he quit the Kangaroos' 2017 World Cup squad and walked away from $50,000 in payments to play for Tonga.
Along with Jason Taumalolo's decision to put Tonga ahead of New Zealand, it helped prompt the Pacific revolution and growth of the international game.
But Fifita also has Indigenous heritage, having regularly turned out for the All Stars side since his debut in 2012.
"If they enter an Indigenous team it would be one of those things I would really have to go home and sit with my family and think about it," Fifita said.
"It could bring my brother back into that international level. It is good for the mob and our people.
"We play All-Stars every year. The opportunity to take it overseas is something we would love to do.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our boys, I don't think it would happen again."
World Cup officials met on Wednesday night to discuss whether to go ahead with the tournament this year, with a final call pushed back another week.
Namely, they want to canvas player opinions on whether they would feel comfortable heading to England amid another outbreak.
NRL players would still need to be released by their clubs to head to the tournament, with the league waiving the usual obligation of sides to make players available.
But if the tournament does go ahead, Fifita believes it can be an opportunity for further Pacific growth with the door open for Tonga to take the trophy.
"It's just two teams, I know they are two high teams," Fifita said.
"But there are a lot of other teams for the greater good of rugby league.
"If two teams want to stay back and not have a chance at the World Cup, I am more than happy to take it back.
"We're only a small minor nation, but it's huge."
Australian Associated Press