Fiji coach calls for more Tests
Stand-in Fijian coach Matt Adamson has called for end-of-season Test matches for the Bati side after skipper Kevin Naiqama was reduced to tears in the sheds following what could be his final game for the side after signing a long-term deal to play in the English Super League from next season.
A passionate Adamson pleaded with international rugby league officials to consider scheduling games to cater for overseas-based players, after Fiji's 26-14 loss to Papua New Guinea.
Former Kangaroos winger Akuila Uate is in a similar position for the Bati side after signing a three-year deal with Huddersfield from next season.
"We need to have the opportunity to bring these guys back," Adamson said.
"It means so much to these kids to represent their country.
"[Kevin] was resisting tears, just absolutely breaking down there that it could possibly be his last Test."
Adamson's own future with Fiji is up in the air despite Saturday's game being just his first in charge of the side. A decision will be made on Fiji's coaching structure later in the season.
"I just want to help Fiji so the board will go away now and advertise the position and determine whether I re-apply," Adamson said.
"I'd love it, a great bunch of guys and the experience this week was incredible.
"They're different characters, these guys. Until you're in their presence you honestly don't get it.
"You see glimpses of it, the culture and emotional side of it but until you live it day in and day out... it's an inspiration."
The former Penrith player was disappointed with the result but pleased with the second half after Papua New Guinea set up the victory in the opening 40 minutes of the game.
"We just shot ourselves in the foot in the first part of the game," Adamson said.
"We got knocked over in that energy battle in the first half of the game. They kept it simple in the second half and I was really proud."
Meanwhile, Uate is expected to have scans on an injured ankle on Sunday.
The Sea Eagles winger left Campbelltown Stadium on crutches and in a moonboot in a worrying sign for Manly fans.
"He's not great, losing Aku, but the young kids came on did an incredible job," Adamson said.
"He's devastated, he's a very passionate man and he's worried about his teammates. We'll send a report off to them once we know more."