Bulldogs.com.au catches up with outside back Tyrone Phillips inside the Bati Fiji camp.
Bulldogs winger Tyrone Phillips will this weekend represent Fiji for the second time in the pacific test match against Papua New Guinea.
Phillips first pulled on the Fiji jersey in 2015 and for the talented outside back, it’s more than just a game.
“It means the world to me to be able to put on the Bati jersey and represent my family back home and my culture,” Phillips said.
“It’s a great experience, a great camp and I’m looking forward to the match this weekend.”
Last year's Pacific Test represented the first meeting between these two island nations with Fiji running out 22-10 victors over a Papua New Guinea side with little NRL experience and for Phillips who began the game from the bench, the game was a memorable one and a moment in his career he will never forget.
“It was breathtaking and I remember every part of it.”
“They’re a big side PNG and it will be a tough physical game for the forwards.”
Phillips got his first taste of first grade in 2016 last weekend against the Eels and with Will Hopoate set to miss the next month of footy due to his commitment to his faith, an opportunity has opened up for Phillips to impress Coach Des Hasler.
“If the chance comes to play first grade again, I will grab it with both hands.”
Catch all the action between Fiji and PNG from 530pm at Pirtek Stadium, Saturday, May 7.