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Tonga reaches out to Israel Folau

Tonga coach Toutai Kefu says he’d love to have Israel Folau playing at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France for Tonga.

Kefu has reportedly reached out to Folau about playing for Tonga following the dual international’s sacking by Rugby Australia for breaching his contract.

“We’d love to have him … the next World Cup he’d be available for us hopefully.” Kefu told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“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.

“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.”

Folau can’t switch teams and immediately play for another country but once he he sits out three years he could then qualify for Tonga by playing in a sevens tournament that doubles as an Olympic qualifying event.

Kefu also confirmed that Folau’s brother John is a chance of representing Tonga at the Rugby World Cup later this year in Japan after he left the Waratahs following his sibling’s sacking.

“He’s definitely on our radar and we’ve already spoken to him,” Kefu said.

“I’ve actually never seen him play but I’ve got a playing history of him. We’re going to look at him and even may take him to the PNC because we’ve got some holes in our squad, especially out wide in the backs. There’s a good chance he will be part of that squad.

“You look at what he has done; he’s played in the NRL for a couple of years and he’s been on the fringe of Super Rugby for a couple of years. He definitely qualifies because he’s got a Tongan passport.

“If he’s played in those competitions before he’s certainly good enough to have a trial for us and then we can see whether he is good enough to be part of that Rugby World Cup squad.”

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