Robbie Farah has been given the ultimate leave pass – granted permission to watch his beloved English Premier League giants Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in Spain this weekend.
Wests Tigers are enjoying the bye this weekend, which allowed the club pin-up to sneak off to the other side of the world to watch the epic showdown in Madrid.
It's understood the only proviso for Farah is he be back for training by Monday, less than 24 hours after the showpiece match is played.
The Tigers' next match is when they host Canberra on Friday week at Bankwest Stadium.
Farah is a Reds fanatic and took to social media to share his excitement about the once-in-a-lifetime trip.
The 35-year-old is also behind Two4Seven, a sports travel company he plans to spend more time on once he retires from the NRL.
The Tigers were prepared to grant Farah his wish because of his professionalism. The mid-season trip would also double as a mid-season freshen up.
As Farah prepared to fly out for Europe, his Tigers teammate Ryan Matterson started training with the NSW Blues after being drafted in as the 18th man.
Tigers coach Michael Maguire was hardly surprised Matterson, who won a premiership with the Sydney Roosters before he joined the joint venture, had popped up on Brad Fittler's Blues radar.
"He's been brilliant, he's brought a professionalism to our organisation and it's a reward for what he's been doing,'' Maguire said.
"He'll play a major part in the Wests Tigers rising to where we want to go.
"His inclusion wasn't a surprise. He's ready for that space. Working with a number of guys in and around Origin, he's well suited to that arena.''
Tigers skipper Moses Mbye was also picked in the No. 14 jumper for Queensland.
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