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Tonga opens the door to Israel Folau as a brother who competes for the Cup team



Tonga coach Tutai Kefu has been in contact with Israel's Fata foe for seduction of the dismissed star of Valabis to move on to treachery and to be in the 2023 World Pacific World Championship, which will probably choose his brother John for this year in Japan.

Mostly, Sydney Morning Herald revealed this week, John Folau has returned to the deal to return to the rugby league after asking Waratahs for release for "personal reasons" believed to be related to his brother's dismissal.

The twenty-four-year-old man told Blacktown Workers, Moni's eating club, that he would sew his shoes for him this weekend, but then told club officials that he had decided to concentrate on his rugby.

Folau's younger brother, who played the Super Rugby debut earlier this year, is in contact with Tongan's national side and is willing to take part in his first Rugby World Cup starting in September.

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While this is a surprise, the bigger shock is that Kefu talked with Folau's camp about the opportunity to try to qualify him for the World Cup in France in 2023.

Israel Folau could find a new home with Tonga, but the most likely option at this stage is to limit it to the UK or France.

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Israel Folau could find a new home with Tonga, but the most likely option at this stage is to limit it to the UK or France.

Given that Folau has already submitted Australia, he can not immediately transfer and play for another.

However, there is little known loophole that Follow can use to his advantage. He will have to sit for the international rugby for three years and then take part in the Olympic seven qualifying tournament to have a chance to make a shock key.

Toutai Kefu of Tonga said his team would welcome Israel Folau.

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Toutai Kefu of Tonga said his team would welcome Israel Folau.

Kefu has not talked directly to the 30-year-old for such a perspective, but has hinted that contact with the Folau team has taken place.

"We will be glad to have it … at the next World Cup, which we will hope for. Kefu said to Sydney Morning Herald"It is too far away, so we will let the dust calm down shortly after its last problems. We do not even know if he will play again.

"He did not say where he was going, so we'll wait until the powder has calmed down, and then we'll look at these options.

"He will have to sit at three years and then even after that we will have to re-qualify him through an Olympic Qualifying Tournament."

Toutai Kefu in his playing day plays for Australia against All Blacks.

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Toutai Kefu in his playing day plays for Australia against All Blacks.

The connection that John and Israel shared could see that the latter are trying to play with their brother on the international stage if everything goes as planned. At this stage, however, the most likely option is to limit it to the UK or France.

Meanwhile, Kefu said the younger Folau will be announced as part of the Tonga World Cup next week.

He is scheduled to take part in the Pacific Cup, which begins next month, with Tonga facing Samoa, Japan and Canada.

John Folau in action for eels in March.

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John Folau in action for eels in March.

Kefu said he had not seen much of John Folau in action but was ready to give him time to play to make him take part in the first rugby world cup.

"He's definitely on our radar and we've already talked to him," Kefu said. "I have never seen him play, but I have a history of playing on him, we'll look at him and we can even take him to the PNC because we have holes in our squad, especially out there, and he's likely to be part of that team.

"Look at what he has done, he has played in the NRL for several years and has been on the edge of Super Rugby for several years. He definitely qualifies because he has a Tonga passport.

"If he plays in these races before he is good enough to have a try for us and then we can see if he is good enough to be part of this Rugby World Cup team."


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