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Two teens arrested following Toutai Kefu attack

By Paul Smith
Toutai Kefu (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Two of  former Wallaby star Toutai Kefu’s alleged attackers have now been arrested while the third remains at large.

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According to the New Zealand Herald the boys are expected to be charged with burglary and attempted murder offences.

Police had earlier said the the three teenagers were armed with knives, a machete and an axe, all of which were used during the attack.

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The 47-year-old former no.8 is clinging to life after undergoing emergency surgery following a frenzied stabbing attack in Brisbane in the early hours of Monday local time.

Kefu, who earned 60 caps for Australia and played in the 1999 World Cup-winning team, is currently head coach of Tonga.

Local police say a “brutal and violent” brawl erupted after the group were caught breaking into Kefu’s home. This resulted in knives being brandished and Kefu being stabbed in the stomach.

He was rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition with abdominal wounds. His wife, son and daughter were also injured and taken to hospital.

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The third offender is reported to have fled in a car towards Woolloongabba.

Queensland Rugby Union’s statement described the incident as “shocking.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Toutai and his family at this time,” it said.

“We offer our support to them and the wider Queensland Rugby community who are affected by the incident.”

Rugby Australia chief executive Andy Marinos said thoughts were with Kefu – the head coach of Tonga – and his family.

“It was shocking news to receive this morning. Toutai is a titan of our game – a warrior on the field and off it,” Marinos said.

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“To the Kefu family – the Australian rugby community is here for you. We also want to extend that support to others affected as well.

“The rugby family is a close-knit one and we always rally around each other when another is in need.”

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finn 10 hours ago
Massive red flag raised by weakened Champions Cup teams – Andy Goode

I wonder if the problem of some teams not taking it that seriously would be helped by making performance in the champions cup count towards qualification and/or seeding in the following year’s competition. Eg. top four seeds would be winners of the URC, premiership, and top 14, plus best performing team in the previous year’s CC who have not otherwise qualified. Doing that the seedings for this years comp. would have been: Tier one: Saracens - Munster - Toulouse - la Rochelle Tier two: Sale - Stormers - Racing 92 - Leinster Tier three: Leicester - Connacht - Bordeaux - Exeter Tier four: Northampton - Ulster - Lyon - Sharks Tier five: Harlequins - Glasgow - Stade Francais - Edinburgh Tier six: Bath - Bulls - Toulon - Ospreys The competition would probably work better with fewer teams, so I’d probably favour only the first 4 tiers being invited, and then going straight to a quarter final without a round of 16. On the one hand this would possibly incentivise teams to take the champions cup seriously, and on the other it would mean that the latter stages would be more likely to involve teams that have demonstrated a willingness to take the competition seriously. The main differences between my proposed system and the actual draw is that mine would give la Rochelle a fairly easy ride to the quarters, and would either exclude the Bulls entirely or would give then an insurmountably difficult draw. As it happened Exeter got quite an easy pool draw but that was a bit of a fluke. My system would reward Exeter for being one of the teams that demonstrably devote a lot of attention to the CC by guaranteeing them a good draw.

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