Nuku’alofa – August 16, 2021: 2pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The people of Tonga stand with Toutai Kefu and his family following news that the Ikale Tahi head coach and his wife were fighting for their lives following a home invasion in Brisbane, Australia early this morning.
Tonga Rugby Union chief executive officer Peter Harding said in an email to the media that “this morning at 3:30am Toutai Kefu and his family were attacked by three (3) home invaders attempting to steal their car”.
“This was a random attack. Toutai was stabbed and has been seriously injured and is currently undergoing surgery in RPA Brisbane. His wife has also been stabbed. These are serious physical injuries.
“The two (2) children were injured but not seriously.
“At this stage no further information is available. Any other information is conjecture as the police have informed me no other information has been released.
“Prayers go out to his family.”
Thumbs up during his days with the Wallabies
Media reports that came out of Brisbane said that “Tonga head coach and former Wallabies great Toutai Kefu is reportedly fighting for his life after being stabbed while defending his family during a home invasion”.
“Kefu and his family were at home when three people broke into his Brisbane home at 3am on Monday.”
Former Ikale Tahi and past TRU president Epi Taione was on Facebook earlier, wishing Toutai “speedy recovery”.
Social media reaction across Tonga were “offering prayers” and “well wishes” to Toutai and his family.
Toutai was re-elected coach of the Ikale Tahi earlier this year and was in charge when Tonga played the All Blacks (1 Test), Manu Samoa (2 Tests) and the Cook Islands (1 Test) two months ago.
Kefu played 60 times for the Wallabies, including winning the World Cup in 1999 and scoring a match-winning and Bledisloe Cup-winning try in 2001.
He made 103 appearances for the Queensland Reds during his career before moving to Japan and eventually taking up coaching, and is currently the head coach of the Tongan national team.