Fifita defends podcast rant against journo

Andrew Fifita of Tonga looks on during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup against Scotland Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Prop Andrew Fifita isn't apologising for the expletive-laden podcast that had left him in hot water with Cronulla officials.

Fifita and teammate Josh Dugan were swiftly handed warning letters by the NRL club after launching the fierce tirade in August against a journalist.

More than seven weeks on, the 29-year-old addressed the controversial podcast for the first time and was defensive of his actions, believing players deserved a platform for free speech.

He described the "Halfcast Podcast", which he has co-hosted with two UFC fighters, as a chance to let their personalities shine for fans in a relaxed environment.

"We're three western Sydney boys. It's not a UFC podcast - it's just three elite athletes having a say," Fifita said.

"We should be allowed to have a voice, too. Everyone knows who I am and I just say it how it is. I wear my heart on my sleeve.

"(That's) my personality. If I don't like you, I don't like you.

"That's the way life goes. You're not going to like everyone you meet."

NRL boss Todd Greenburg supported Cronulla's action taken at the time against the Sharks' pair.

An emotional Dugan later fronted media and expressed displeasure at the negative coverage of NRL players, believing positive news opportunities were ignored.

Fifita was relaxed about his behaviour when addressing journalists ahead of representing Tonga against Australia on Saturday in Auckland.

He was also asked to revisit his other act of errant behaviour in August, when he gesticulated to his own coaching box after scoring a try against North Queensland.

The former Kangaroos' and NSW front-rower said the issue was resolved in the days immediately after the incident.

He insisted he had simply reacted to a halftime rev-up from assistant coach Jim Dymock to run harder.

Fifita played most of the season battling a knee complaint and confirmed he would undergo twin operations before the end of this month to repair the damage .

"It was a very tough year for me, mentally and physically," he said.

"I've got one more game to go and it's against the world's best so, hopefully, I can put all the eggs in one basket and really take it to them."