Tyson Frizell: St George Illawarra star 'remains Welsh international'

Tyson Frizell
Tyson Frizell played rugby union for Australia schoolboys in 2009 before opting to stay with league

Tyson Frizell has re-affirmed his commitment to Wales despite being called up by Tonga.

On Friday the St George Illawarra second row was named in an initial 58-strong Tonga squad for their forthcoming Asia-Pacific World Cup qualifier against the Cook Islands.

Frizell played three Tests for Wales in the 2013 World Cup.

Wales team manager Bob Wilson said: "We met with Tyson earlier this year... and he gave a clear commitment to Wales."

Wilson added: "On seeing the announcement by Tonga we have been in contact with Tyson to check if this was correct and we are delighted to say that the player remains a Welsh international.

"He is a huge talent and his assurances that he is committed to Wales' push towards the 2017 Rugby League World Cup is a great boost to us all."

Wales say they have been aware for some time that Frizell is unavailable for this year's European Championship.

Wollongong-born Frizell made his debut for Wales against Ireland in 2011 and made two further appearances in the Four Nations tournament the same year.