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The Saifiti brothers talk about their proud heritage and the importance of the international game

The international side of the game continues to have enormous potential for growth.

Having made great strides in recent years, players cherish the opportunity to represent their heritage and culture by putting on the respective jerseys.

For the Saifiti brothers, it has come to play a fundamental role in their lives.

Daniel and Jacob spoke on the KNIGHTS // HQ podcast, and opened up on their Fijian and Samoan heritage which has seen them represent Fiji at the international level.

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"Mum's side is mainly Fijian, my dad is Samoan," Daniel said on the KNIGHTS // HQ podcast.

"We lived my with Nan and Pop and both speak fluent Fijian, we also ate Fijian food growing up.

"We're very close to that side (of our heritage) and we were lucky enough to play for Fiji a couple of times.

"I haven't done it for a couple of years because of injury or rep footy, but it's definitely something I will do again in the future."

Due to Daniel's choice to represent Australia and NSW, he hasn't played for the Bati since 2017.

Both have represented Fiji on 10 combined occasions (Daniel 3 and Jacob 7).

The twins made their debuts for Fiji back in 2015 in a 22-10 win over Papua New Guinea while still playing Under 20's at the time for Newcastle.

The pair spoke about making their debuts and the incredible emotion surrounding  the game for their family.

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"It was our first big game together," Jacob said.

"We were playing 20's and it was on TV, but (we never played) in front of a crowd like that.

"I still remember it now, it gives me goosebumps thinking about it. I still remember  the phone call when we called our Nan and Pop and told them.

"They were proud of us. It was a very important moment for our family.

Since then, the international game has come ahead in leaps and bounds.

A total of 16 nations will vie for the Rugby League World Cup at the end of this year which is to be held in England.

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Fiji has been drawn alongside Australia, Scotland and Italy in Group B.

Traditionally Australia, New Zealand and England (formerly Great Britain) have dominated the tournament.

However with the emergence of nations such as Tonga, Fiji and Samoa, this year's Cup could be one of the most evenly contested.

"Islander people are very passionate about their culture," Jacob said.

"We've seen how Tonga has taken off lately and how big it's been for rugby league.

"On top of that there is another 10 Semi Radradra's somewhere in the villages. I know Joey and Freddy have been over to Fiji and were looking for talent and found a couple NRL players," Daniel added.

"That's who they want to play for, their country. The more big players go over there, the more local players will want to play too."