Radradra reveals his pain over Kangaroos snub

Semi Radradra of the Eels makes a break.
Semi Radradra of the Eels makes a break. DAN HIMBRECHTS

SEMI Radradra has broken his silence and revealed he felt "very disappointed" to be ruled ineligible for Australia at last year's Four Nations tour, despite pleading not guilty to domestic violence.

Radradra was speaking for the first time since his former partner Perina Ting alleged in court on February 13 that the Parramatta winger punched her in the face during an argument.

Radradra will be allowed to play in Parramatta's round one game against Manly on Sunday, with his case not due back in court until May 2.

Asked about the NRL's decision to rule him ineligible for the tour even though he has pleaded not guilty to the charges, Radradra said: "I was very disappointed. But that is business nowadays. I will just take it as a man, that's it."

It is normal practice in sport and society that anyone faces charges should be judged innocent until proven guilty.

NRL boss Todd Greenberg said at the time "while he has pleaded not guilty, he has charges to answer at the end of the tournament".

"We don't want him or the team to be distracted by this matter and have decided he will not be eligible for selection on this occasion," Greenberg said.

Asked if it was the right decision, Radradra said: "They let me play PNG the week after and then ... I don't know."

He said playing for Australia in last year's Anzac Test was "the best moment of my life".

He could not comment on the allegations made against him with the case due back in court.

"No I can't talk about it, sorry," he said.

Asked if his reputation would ever recover, he said: "I think so."

Asked if the pending court case had impacted on his preparations, he said: "I just don't worry about what happened off field.

"I just worry about the game, I just worry about playing footy with the boys and week by week. That's it."

Radradra said he had no regrets about signing to play French rugby union next year with Toulon, but admitted he would like to one day come back and play NRL with Parramatta.

"I don't regret about any decision I make," he said. "If it come from inside me I never regret anything.

"I think it is the best thing for me, to go play rugby union. Hopefully if I get a chance to come back I would like to come back."

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