Israel Folau will impose “some restrictions” on its use of social media, but Tonga coach Tautai Kefu has yet to speak of “elephants in the house.”
Former Wallabis star Folau was named in the Tonga squad for the first time last week, along with former All Blacks Malakai Fekitoa and Celsi (Charles) Piutau.
Wallabis Great Kefu is excited about what his team could possibly offer at next year’s Rugby World Cup and said in an interview with Reuters that he believes the 33-year-old will not be disturbed.
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Kefu said, “It’s probably a house elephant.
“At the moment, (faith) we probably have to rely. But I mean, we have some restrictions, like we always do every campaign with all the players.
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“I’m sure we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”
Follau – who plays club rugby in Japan – will make his Tonga debut at next month’s Pacific Nations Cup, which also includes Fiji, Samoa and Australia.
Tonga have yet to qualify for the World Cup and will face scheduled Asian nations in a play-off match on July 23 on the Sunshine Coast.
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“I have known Israel for a long time. It is going to bring its professional mentality, it is going to bring some skills that we have never seen in our environment,” Kefu told Reuters.
“We’re also going to get a good team of young players. Imagine their eyes when they’re in a room like Putao and Malacca and Israel.
“It’s going to be a great opportunity for these young people to learn.”
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