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."