20 Apr 2011

Civoniceva wants to end international career with Fiji

5:58 am on 20 April 2011

Petero Civoniceva is thinking about playing international rugby league for Fiji, the country he was born in, as the record-breaking Australian Test forward begins to look at life after football.

The 34-year-old Civoniceva - whose 44 Test caps for the Kangaroos is a record for a forward - wants to turn out for Fiji in the 2013 World Cup.

Civoniceva says he's looking at maybe making this his last year of representative football in Australia and has been in contact with Fiji Rugby League's general manager.

The Suva-born Penrith skipper left when he was just a year old and grew up in Redcliffe on Brisbane's north side but says he's always said playing for Fiji is something he'd love to do.

The big prop is starting to consider life after football and may well look at going back to his cultural roots to help the game continue to grow in his homeland and around the Pacific.

Civoniceva says he'd also like to see Polynesian players in the NRL being sent back out to their home countries to run camps for local children.