Tonga offers exiled Folau a 2023 World Cup spot
|reuters.com 12 Jun 2019 at 20:01|
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tonga is keen to draft Wallabies exile Israel Folau into its national program with a view to handing him a Rugby World Cup berth in 2023, coach Toutai Kefu has said.
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - England v Australia - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - November 24, 2018 Australia s Israel Folau runs in to score their first try REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo
Former Wallabies fullback Folau, who has Tongan heritage, had his four-year Australia contract torn up last month for posting on social media that hell awaited “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and other groups.
The fundamentalist Christian is fighting his termination in court.
Having played the last of his 73 tests for the Wallabies in November, Folau would not be eligible to play for Tonga unless he sits out international rugby for three years and seeks to qualify for the Pacific island nation’s Olympic sevens program.