Australian Kangaroos' Tino Fa'asuamaleaui looks on during the Rugby League World Cup final.

Why Tino Fa’asuamaleaui was stuck between two worlds in the World Cup final

Australian prop Tino Fa’asuamaleaui has revealed his difficult build-up to the Kangaroos World Cup final victory over Samoa after copping social media accusations that he had turned his back on his heritage.

Fa’asuamaleaui was caught between two nationalities for the final: He is of Samoan descent through his father and has played for them in the past, but opted to wear the green and gold for this tournament.

On the whole, Fa’asuamaleaui said his decision was accepted by the Samoan community but the Titans skipper was still “disappointed” to receive messages through the week claiming he was not a true Samoan.

“There was a lot of ups and downs this week. Being Samoan through my dad’s side of the family, I was very proud to see what they achieved in coming this far,” Fa’asuamaleaui said.

“But the down was copping a lot from a lot of people on my allegiance on why I picked Australia. That was a downside, especially because it came from my own people.

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