Today’s rugby news shows disgraced Israel Folau and two All Blacks superstars moving to the same country in a game-changing move.

Here’s your roundup of the latest rugby headlines for Friday 27 May.

Folau chosen for Tonga after sacking of Australia

Former Wallabies full-back Israel Folau has ended his international exile after being selected by Tonga following his sacking by Australia in 2018 due to controversial and offensive social media posts.

Folau, 33, played 73 Tests for the Wallabies before Rugby Australia cut him off after he posted a post on Instagram saying hell awaited “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters.” “, which provoked a powerful backlash.

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Since being sacked by Australia, Folau has played in both the union and the league, but this season, the 33-year-old played for Shining Arcs Tokyo-Bay Urayasu in Japan’s Rugby League One, scoring 10 tries in 12 outings. .

He is included in Tonga’s 31-man squad to face Fiji, Samoa and Australia A in the Pacific Nations Cup. Folau is included along with former All Blacks Charles Piutau and Malakai Fekitoa in a new squad for the Pacific Islanders.

The trio’s inclusion marks a return to international rugby for all three players under The new World Rugby eligibility laws introduced on January 1, allowing test-capped players to represent a second country they are qualified to play for by birthright after a three-year gap.

Folau’s last appearance for the Wallabies was against England in November 2018. Piutau and Fekitoa have previously represented New Zealand.

Highly Skilled Young People Head to New Zealand

The Young Scarlets duo, Eddie James and Sam O’Connor, began a three-month loan in New Zealand.

The move, which has been instigated by double World Cup winner Ben Franks, will see both players head to Christchurch-based Linwood RFC on the south island.

Wales U-20 center James, 19, impressed in the Indigo Premiership with Carmarthen Quins, while prop O’Connor, 20, is the younger brother of Scarlets newcomer Harri, who broke into in the senior team this season.

“This is going to be a great experience for the boys, rugby-wise and for their own personal development,” Scarlets general manager Jon Daniels said. “Going to a different environment and embracing a different culture will not only make them better players but more well-rounded individuals when they return to Parc and Scarlets later this summer and we are grateful to Linwood for welcoming the boys on board. ”.

World Rugby appoints women’s refereeing team for World Cup

World Rugby has confirmed a strong team of 18 match officials for Rugby World Cup 2021 that will be managed by an all-female team of referees. The team that will officiate the 26 matches has nine referees, five assistant referees and four television referees (TMO), all from 11 different unions.

The tournament will take place from October 8 to November 12 in New Zealand, in what will be the first Women’s World Cup to be held in the southern hemisphere.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “I would like to congratulate the 18 referees selected to officiate the 2021 Rugby World Cup. The Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle event in 15-a-side rugby and winning selection, as Whether you’re a player or a match official – it’s a huge achievement and something to be extremely proud of. Fifteen of the 18 selected match officials being women not only demonstrates the strength and depth of elite level match officials around the world, but also the commitment that World Rugby and its member unions have made to developing women in rugby and raising the visibility of women within our sport through multiple avenues.

referees (nine): Aimee Barrett-Theron (South Africa), Maggie Cogger-Orr (New Zealand), Sara Cox (England), Hollie Davidson (Scotland), Aurélie Groizeleau (France), Lauren Jenner (New Zealand), Clara Munarini (Italy ), Amber McLachlan (Australia), Joy Neville (Ireland).

Assistant referees (five): Doriane Domenjo (France), Tyler Miller (Australia), Nikki O’Donnell (England), Kat Roche (USA), Julianne Zussman (Canada).

OMT (four): Chris Assmus (Canada), Lee Jeffrey (New Zealand), Ian Tempest (England), Ben Whitehouse (Wales).

Rodney Parade gets summer makeover

Work has started on the summer renovation of the pitch at Rodney Parade.

The annual work, which has been carried out in association with the South Wales Sports Ground, is expected to be completed this week, before the grass begins to grow again.

The playing surface at the stadium has undergone significant work in recent years following criticism, and was recently named EFL League Two Pitch of the Year.

Jon Raymond, facilities manager at Rodney Parade, said: “The success we had last season, in winning the EFL League Two pitch of the year, was thanks to the hard work of the field team here at Rodney Parade. Looking ahead to the upcoming season we want to maintain and exceed that standard and this process is vital to ensure we can successfully achieve this. Our thanks to South Wales Sports Grounds. It’s been great working with them once again; we have a fantastic relationship and their eye for detail is what makes them great at what they do.”

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