Fifita misses honeymoon for Cup

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IT'S not the honeymoon Andrew Fifita imagined but at least the ­giant Kangaroos prop could see the funny side of it all.

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Fifita married Nikkita on Sunday, then returned to camp on Monday to crack jokes with Jarryd Hayne before flying out for the World Cup.

"It is exciting but tough," Fifita said from Sydney Airport as the squad waited for their flight to Manchester.

"I just got married and we were meant to go on our honeymoon with the entire family today to Hawaii."

The 24-year-old prop wasn't even considered a rough hope at the start of the year to make the Australian squad — but after a barnstorming season for Cronulla he was named Dally M prop of the year and is now pushing for ­selection for the first Test against ­England on October 26.

"I even offered to stay home with my family," Fifita said.

"I said to them, 'I want to do what is best for us'.

"And she said she wanted me to follow that dream of mine.

"I am not with them at the moment but they will be on my mind 24/7 and that is all I do when I play footy, think about my family.

"That is all I want to do."

And he's not on his own there. Billy Slater is no new kid on the block anymore with these big end-of-season trips but he admits saying goodbye to his wife and kids never gets any easier.

"Yeah, it's pretty tough," Slater said.

"And a lot of the boys have got kids.

"Usually we go over for I think a five-week stint but this one is seven and a half weeks before we get home, so it's pretty tough on the little ones and wives that stay back here.

"But that is what we do.

"We just have to get over there and get on with things.

"Obviously with the technology these days you can Skype your families back home, which is great.

"But we are over there to do a job for our nation and whenever we get the chance to play for our country it is pretty special. I just went away for a little bit with the family.

"I would have found it tough if I had to keep playing and then go straight away.

"Homesickness is probably the biggest factor, missing your family.

"We have just been through a winter here and we're going to the winter over there.

"They are the little factors, but we are over there with a good bunch of fellas and we are having a good time.

"We are playing footy and we are doing what we love.

"At the end of the day, it's not that hard."

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