Israel Folau could make shock return to international rugby

Tonga are set to give Israel Folau a route back into rugby union.

Head coach Toutai Kefu revealed he has ‘no concerns’ over the prospect having the sacked Wallabies star switch allegiance.

“He’s Tongan, he’s a bloody good player – we’re more than happy to have him and accommodate him… we’d have no concerns,” Kefu, the Tonga head coach, told Radio NZ.

“We all grew up the same way. We all went to Sunday School and then there’s different divisions of religion that we all grew up in. We certainly all support Israel and his views.”

Folau was kicked out of Australian rugby in 2019 following a series of controversial social media posts, which included saying hell awaited ‘drunks, homosexuals, adulterers’, and led to a high-profile arbitration case with Rugby Australia.


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