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20:52  12 june  2019
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Israel Folau 's chances of playing at the World Cup aren't dead and buried.

Israel Folau has been offered a route back to international rugby with Tonga. Folau currently finds himself in the wilderness after his contracts with both Rugby Australia and club side Waratahs were terminated after he posted homophobic comments on social media in April.

Exiled Folau offered rugby lifeline© AAP Folau brothers at Waratahs training. 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.

Revealed: The two words that forced Rugby Australia to tear up Israel Folau's $5million contract after he said gay people would go to hell

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Tonga to throw Folau rugby lifeline if sacked by Rugby Australia. Wallabies great Toutai Kefu has offered to throw Folau a lifeline to continue his rugby career playing internationally for Tonga and mining magnate Andrew Forrest has also chimed in, offering the former NRL star a chance to play in

Disgraced Wallabies star Israel Folau could be thrown a rugby lifeline - by the English Super League. According to, the RFL have refused to shut the door on the 30-year-old dual-code superstar as the fallout continues from his latest anti-gay comments on social media.

“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.

Israel Folau willing to make a deal with NRL for return

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Rugby Australia made it clear soon after they intended to terminate his contract but the move hasn't been finalised with Folau fighting for his career last week at "Yes, definitely," Kefu said on ABC radio when asked if he would talk to Folau about playing for Tonga should he be exiled by Rugby Australia.

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. Former Wallabies fullback Folau , who has Tongan heritage, had his four-year Australia contract torn up last month for posting on social.

“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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Israel Folau set to be offered lifeline with Tonga rugby, report.
Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia last month.

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