More Petero in the tank: Civoniceva to play on
Petero Civoniceva is looking to represent Fiji at next year's World Cup. Photo: Getty Images
FOR someone who was driven around Sydney's ANZ Stadium on grand final day as a retiring NRL star, Petero Civoniceva will still be playing an awful lot of rugby league.
Civoniceva, who played his last NRL game this year after a 307-match career, will return to Redcliffe next year to play in the Queensland Cup competition. The Test and State of Origin veteran played for the club as a junior, winning a premiership with the Colts side in 1994.
"I grew up on these hills, playing touch footy on the field with other kids and getting booted off as the first grade side ran out. They are great memories," Civoniceva told Redcliffe's website.
The 36-year-old, who began and ended his NRL career with Brisbane while having a stint with Penrith in between, is also set to play for Fiji in next year's World Cup. Civoniceva has long been expected to play in the tournament but his NRL retirement threw some doubt on whether he would be able to. His signing with Redcliffe to play in the Intrust Super Cup, dispels any doubt about whether he will be fit to play in the World Cup.