Monday, August 16, 2021
Rugby legend after his life was in danger
When burglars armed with axes and knives try to rob his house in Brisbane that night, the Australian rugby legend Toutai Kefu is at home with his family. The 47-year-old national coach Tonga suffered serious, life-threatening injuries.
Tonga’s national rugby coach Toutai Kefu has been seriously injured after a “brutal and violent” attack and is in critical condition. The 47-year-old suffered serious abdominal injuries when several perpetrators broke into his home in Brisbane, local police said. In addition to Kefu, his wife and two children were wounded, and they were all taken to hospital.
According to Chief Detective Tony Fleming, Kefu’s “initial condition”, which was operated on Monday, was initially “described as critical, but it is expected that he will survive”. Fleming added to journalists that “the mother suffered very, very severe lacerations on her arm,” and the 21-year-old son suffered “terrible” wounds on his arm and back, and the daughter was injured.
According to Fleming, the intruders entered the property armed with axes and knives. Two youths have so far been arrested and one other suspect is at large. “It’s most likely a break-in that went wrong, although I think that’s an understatement,” said Fleming. According to the Australian media, one of the burglars is said to be a 15-year-old who is now responsible for attempted murder.
Kefu has played 60 games for the Australian national team and has been coaching Tonga’s selection team since 2016. In 1999 he won the World Cup in rugby union with Australia, the popular variant with 15 players per team. Numerous leaders and former players from Australia, New Zealand and Samoa wished Kefu and his family a speedy recovery.