The former All Blacks center, Malakai Fekitoa, will play for Tonga in the playoffs for the Olympic Games from Tokyo next weekend in Monaco. The current London Wasps player is one of four former New Zealand and Australian internationals who switched and they went to play with the Tongan team.
The other players who changed shirts are the former Wallabies forward, Lopeti Timani; former Australian Seven international, Afusipa Taumoepeau, and Tima Fainga’anuku, who represented New Zealand in the reduced game.
Fekitoa will join the Tonga Sevens team in Monaco after playing for the Wasps on Saturday for the final Premiership date against the Leicester Tigers at the Ricoh Arena. The former Highlanders and Auckland star represented Tonga in Seven before moving to New Zealand on a scholarship when he was 17 years old.
The 29-year-old gamer, who was born in Hihifo, a group of islands in Ha’apai belonging to Tonga, made his debut with the All Blacks in 2014 and played the last of his 24 games during the British & Irish Lions tour in 2017.
The rule indicates that the players may play for another country in the playoffs to the Olympics, provided that have the passport of the country they are going to represent So what have not player for another selected in the last 3 years.
If Fekitoa plays 50 percent of Tonga’s matches in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Monaco, he will be available to play on the Tonga national team. However, they will not make their red team debut when they face New Zealand in the July window, due to global travel restrictions in place in the kiwi country. However, it will be available to do so during the November window.