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Tuesday Aug 17, 2021

UPDATE: Toutai Kefu out of surgery following gruesome attack

Former teammates of Toutai Kefu have given an update on the Wallabies legend following the horrific attack he and his family endured in Brisbane on Sunday night. 

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Kefu and three members of his family were the victims of an attack by intruders at their Brisbane home early on Monday morning in an alleged attempted car robbery.

The Rugby World Cup winner and Tonga coach reportedly confronted the young men, who were brandishing a knife, a machete and an axe.

He and his family all suffered serious wounds, including him being stabbed in the abdomen and requiring emergency surgery, while his wife Rachel suffered ‘significant’ lacerations on her arm and is in a different hospital.

Australian media reported the couple’s 21-year-old son had significant arm and back wounds, and their 18-year-old daughter had cuts to her hand and arm.

A 15-year-old has been charged with attempted murder. Queensland Police said another boy, also 15, was in custody and they were searching for a third suspect.

Former Queensland Reds teammate and friend Shane Drahm visited Kefu in hospital and reported that he is now in a stable condition and has family around him.

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“All things considered, Kefs doing pretty well,” said Drahm.

“He’s in a stable condition, out of surgery now. As Kef always is, in good spirits.”

Referring to the family, Drahm says they should all heal okay in time but coping with the scars of the ordeal will be a challenge.

“Physically they will recover but mentally its going to be tough. Some bad injuries..”

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He said the outpouring of support from the worldwide rugby family has been incredible, with he himself receiving hundreds of calls and messages.

“The support is amazing. They’ve got a huge family.. The Tongan team got together and they’ll be putting on a spread over the next week. [There’s] A lot of support and it’s there if they need it.”

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