Rugby stars support Taulupe Faletau's fundraiser for ill relative - Ruck

Rugby stars support Taulupe Faletau’s fundraiser for ill relative

Rugby players have rallied behind Wales star Taulupe Faletau as he aims to raise £50,000 for his cousin’s life-saving treatment.

The forward’s cousin Amanaki suffered kidney failure in 2015 and is undergoing dialysis in New Zealand.

But because the 21-year-old is from Tonga and not a New Zealand resident, it costs £3,100 (NZ$6,000) a month for treatment.

Faletau wants to raise the sum as he fears his cousin could be deported and would die without dialysis.

Amanaki is in debt to a health board and has been advised to pay off a lump sum while his application to become a permanent New Zealand resident is being processed.

If that is granted treatment would become free and he could be placed on a waiting list for a kidney donor.

British & Irish Lions star Faletau has donated £5,000 to an overall total of £13,500.

Others to donate include England prop Mako Vunipola, who grew-up with the Wales back row in Pontypool, Welsh internationals Cory Hill and Hallam Amos, and Faletau’s Bath teammates Anthony Watson and Charlie Ewels.