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Wests Tigers second rower Ben Murdoch-Masila will be playing for his family when he pulls on the red Jersey of Tonga against Samoa on Saturday night at Centrebet Stadium in Penrith.

"It's always been a dream to play for where my father is from," said Murdoch-Masila.

"It's good to try and be a role-model for my younger brother.

"Hopefully he can step up and try to follow me."

The Tonga-Samoa rivalry is the fiercest in rugby league and players from both sides are already preparing for the rough and tumble aspect of what is sure to be a fiery clash.

"It should be good out on the field," said Murdoch-Masila with an understated laugh.

"It's been a rivalry for 100 years."