18 Apr 2013

NRL's Tamou plans to apply for Australian passport

10:22 am on 18 April 2013

The National Rugby League player James Tamou has confirmed he is renouncing his New Zealand citizenship and applying for an Australian passport.

The North Queensland Cowboys front-rower made headlines last year when, just weeks after making public his desire to represent New Zealand, the then-23-year-old pledged his allegiance to Australia and New South Wales.

Much like last year's announcement, the timing of Tamou's news will raise eyebrows as it comes just days before he represents Australia against the Kiwis in the Anzac test in Canberra.

An Australian passport will also ensure Tamou is available for selection in time for October's World Cup.