Another country is keen for Israel Folau to play for them at the Rugby World Cup

Tonga wants Israel Folau for the 2023 World Cup in France, hoping he might join his brother John in the squad.

Folau’s career is in limbo in the aftermath of his infamous homophobic posts, but his Wallaby career is probably over however his legal battle turns out.

Former Wallaby forward Toutai Kefu, the Tongan coach, has contacted the 30-year-old .

“The next World Cup, he’d be available for us hopefully,” said Kefu.

“It’s a long time away, so we’ll let the dust settle a bit after his most recent issues.


“We don’t even know if he’s going to play again. He hasn’t indicated where he is going, so we’ll wait until the dust settles and then look at those options.”

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, he added: “He’d have to sit out three years and then even after that we’d have to re-qualify him through a sevens Olympic qualifying tournament.”


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