Tonga awaits Israel Folau with open arms

If i had imagined it was the party that he wore on his head, the that spun around all night before the game. Israel Folau returned, scored two tries and made it clear that he is more current than ever in rugby. From Tonga they look at him askance. Why? Because he has the possibility of wearing the red shirt in the next World Cup.

The almost three years that have passed since his last game they were not noticed and it was the figure of the Shining Arcs who beat Kobelco Kobe Steelers 24-23 at the beginning of the Rugby League One in Japan that brings together the great stars of world rugby.

In Tonga they rub their hands, since their parents are from the island and this will would allow Folau play with the islanders next world cup in France 2023. The change in World Rugby’s eligibility laws opens the doors for the selected andl Former Tongan Captain Aleki Lutui, made it clear that they await him with open arms to play the World Cup next year.

“I believe that Tonga will welcome you to Folauespecially since her parents are from Tonga. I think he will be proud to represent the country if he is given the opportunity ”, Lutui said and added that “It all depends on the individual decision of each player, if they are available, I am sure they will give everything for our country. If we have people like Charles Piutau, Malakai Fekitoa, Ngani Laumape and Folau available, it will be amazing. “

But they were not easy years for the former Wallabie. It all started in April 2019, the player used their social networks to leave a religious message and ended up stripping a deep homophobia that quickly went frowned upon by the rugby environment and society Australian and worldwide.

Rugby Australia broke the contract with Folau which made its last appearance in April in the Waratahs loss to the Blues 32-29 in Sydney. From there, the multifunctional back started roaming the rugby league with Catalans Dragons and Southport Tigers in the Queensland Cup.

Until this weekend, came the return. It was dispatched with two tries and the second was vital to obtain the triumph in the epilogue of the match on the first date of League One in Japan. In addition, they chose him as the figure of the party and with 32 years old, the Australian showed that he is still impeccable.