Former Wallaby

Wallaby superstar Folau to make Tonga debut

Flying wing Folau played 73 Tests for Australia before being sacked in 2019 for posting homophobic messages on his social media account.

He will line up alongside former All Blacks Charles Piutau and Malakai Fekitoa.

Two others switching are scrum-half Augustine Pulu and Fiji centre Seta Tamanivalu, who both played a handful of Tests for the All Blacks.

They have all taken advantage of new eligibility rules which allow players to represent a country where they have a birthright, providing they haven't played Test rugby for three years.

Former Wallaby gets Moana Pacific's top gong after sizzling season

Leali'ifano surpassed 1,000 Super Rugby points and played a pivotal role for the franchise.

Manu Samoa loose forward Alamanda Motuga collected three prestigious awards - Players' Player, Rookie of the Year, and Forward of the Year.

Timoci Tavatavanawai received the Back of the Year honour, while Levi Aumua was the clear winner of Fans' Player of the Year award.

Moana ended its inaugural season with two wins.


Photo: Photosport  Caption: Christian Leali'ifano is Moana Pasifika's first player signing. 


Tearful Kefu says grateful to be alive after violent attack

The 47-year-old, who played 60 tests for the Wallabies around the turn of the century, wiped away tears as he revealed details of the home invasion by knife-wielding teenagers in the early hours of Monday morning.

"I'm just grateful that we all got out, we're alive. Might be a little bit of damage moving forward but we're still breathing," Kefu, wearing a large patch on his right forearm, told reporters outside his home in Brisbane on Friday.

Relief as coach Toutai Kefu hits the slow road to recovery

The World Cup winning Wallabies great came through a prolonged period of surgery, and the hope is that he, his wife, and two adult children, who all suffered injuries during the attack at their home in Brisbane, will make a full recovery.

But in the mean time the TRU's Chief Executive, Peter Harding, is working on his options for Tonga's forthcoming trip to the northern hemisphere, which is just a couple of months away.

Folau set to return to NRL - report

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting St George Illawarra have applied to the NRL to sign Israel Folau on a two-year deal.

ARLC chairman Peter V'landys has previously indicated the door was all but shut on Folau to return to the sport after the controversy surrounding his religious beliefs during his time in rugby union.

However the NRL has recently indicated to the Dragons that it will consider the application and will not make a decision until they have reviewed the proposal and spoken to the relevant parties said the Herald.

Former Wallaby Lopeti Timani fined $17,000 after bottle struck a French bouncer

The 29-year-old backrower was charged after a brawl in The White Rabbit nightclub in La Rochelle in south-west France where he plays for the La Rochelle club, coached by ex-All Blacks lock Jono Gibbes and captained by former All Black Victor Vito.

French news outlets reported that Timani had been fined €10,000 ($NZ17,650) this week by the Rochelle Criminal Court.

Timani was booted out of the nightclub after a 4.30am brawl on May 12, 2019.

The court heard that as he resisted removal, he threw a bottle in the face of one of the bouncers.

Folau victim of 'discrimination'

Ex-Wallabies star Folau had asked for public donations in his legal battle against Rugby Australia (RA) having had his contract terminated by the governing body last month, following a social media post in which he said homosexuals were destined for hell unless they repented their sins.

Folau, who had previously been warned about similar posts, received more than 700,000 Australian dollars in donations on GoFundMe, but the crowdfunding platform shut down his page and refunded all donors on Monday, explaining that "this campaign violates our terms of service" in a statement.

Worldly Wallaby strives for Solomons' success

Tabua is helping the "dark horse" of Pacific rugby, the Solomon Islands, to reach its full potential.

The iconic rugby song "World in Union" could well have been written about Ilivasi Tabua.

The Fijian-born Australian rugby international is in Vanuatu helping the Solomon Islands to victory over Niue.

"Rugby has always been a part of me," he says.

"Not only have I seen the world, but it has given me a lot and I want to give back."