July 03, 2022
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Folau's Tongan debut lasts 27 minutes

Former Wallabies fullback Israel Folau's Tongan debut was cut short due to injury, during their disastrous 36-0 Pacific Nations Cup opener in Suva.

Folau spent 27 minutes on the field before injuring his leg in a collision after chasing an awkard bouncing ball.

Tonga's other headliners in Malakai Fekitoa and Charles Piutau, injected some life into the Tongan pack but were left in the crosshairs.

The inexperience in the young Tongan squad coupled with minimum preparation time was evident during the six try rout.

Folau's injury has thrown a shadow of doubt over the 33-year-old, and whether he will be available for Tonga’s next round against Samoa.

By Noa Biudole.


 


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