Radradra out of World Cup
In-form Parramatta winger Semi Radradra has ruled himself out of playing in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup for Fiji Bati as he eyes a move to French rugby union at the end of the season.
Radradra confirmed he would miss the tournament starting in October to focus on the transition of moving overseas with his young family as he prepares to link up with Toulon in 2018.
The 25-year-old made his debut for Australia last season and has represented Fiji on four occasions.
Experienced winger Akuila Uate and try-scoring machine Suliasi Vunivalu are options for the Bati, while Bulldogs rookie Marcelo Montoya and Wests Tigers' Kevin Naiqama are also in the mix.
"I'm not available for the World Cup this year," Radradra said on Tuesday.
"We have good depth in the Fiji Bati and all the Fijian boys have been making their debuts lately.
"We have a lot of wingers that can do the job. I'm just going to go off to France."
Radradra admitted his four-try performance against the Broncos was his best of the season after a year that began with off-field controversy.
He is motivated to finishing the season strong – and preferably with a grand final victory with the Eels.
"I've struggled for the last couple of months with what happened off-field but now I'm settled with a new life," Radradra said.
"I've been working on my conditioning and last week [against Broncos] was a moment that still hasn't soaked in.
"It gives me a boost and hearing the fans calling your name and cheering me gives me great energy.
"Every time I go on the field I want to be the best and be better than [the opponent].
"I want to run harder than him and that's what motivates me."
The Fijian native credits a new life off the paddock for the turnaround after marrying wife Vika in Fiji earlier in the month.
Radradra indicated his sudden wedding overseas was discussed well in advance with the club before the media finding out just days before the occasion.
"I told [coach Brad Arthur] ages ago I was going to get married before the Newcastle game and he said ok but to play good footy before you leave," he said.
"I'm happy and playing good footy. It's easy for me to just think about footy now."
Parramatta's guaranteed spot in the finals has the fan base excited for the club's first appearance in September since 2009.
A victory over the Rabbitohs on Friday night will lock in a top four finish and two chances to reach a preliminary final.
After complacency crept into the side following their shock loss to Newcastle in Round 23, the Eels received the wake-up call that was required.
Going out a winner is Radradra's highest priority.
"We're taking it game by game and will worry about the grand final later," Radradra said.
"I want to give something to the club and fans.
"I always want to leave on a high note at this club."