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Stade Toulousein: “This is my home now!”  Emmanuel Meifou wants to play for France’s XV and has rejected Australia’s advances

Stade Toulousein: “This is my home now!” Emmanuel Meifou wants to play for France’s XV and has rejected Australia’s advances

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Born in New Zealand, raised in Australia and playing in France for almost 5 years, the second line of “Rouge et Noir” dreams of joining the blue team. An ambition he can legitimately believe in.

Red, black and blue. A triptych that guides 24-year-old Emmanuel Meifu on a daily basis. A second line of State Toulouse was born in New Zealand. He later grew up in Australia, where he made his professional debut, of which he is now a national. In 2019, in Toulouse, before arriving in France, he was 21 at the time.

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Within the five-time European champion club, he is proving himself and gaining international status. But which national team to marry? For Emmanuel Meifou, there is no doubt: France. “I want to play for France,” he began bluntly in an interview with a British newspaper on Thursday, April 13. telegram. Interview in which he reveals his refusal to join the Australian Test: “I had a good discussion with Eddie Jones. (Australian trainer, editor’s note), I informed him of my engagement with Blues. This is my home now. I’ve been playing here for almost five years, so I’m connected to France whether I play in the World Cup or not.

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In fact, Mefo’s ultimate dream is to make the Blues’ squad for the World Cup in France. Within a few months, that might not be possible. According to World Rugby regulations (recently relaxed), a player must have lived in a country for at least 5 years and, in the usual way, be eligible for that country’s selection. Colossus (2.03m; 145kg), who arrived in the Pink City in November 2018, has GIF (player from training classes) status and will therefore have to wait until November 2023 to become eligible.

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Even if some case law gives him hope… Recall that last February, during the 6 Nations tournament, France XV coach Fabien GalthiĆ© called on Emmanuel Meifou to prepare for the match against Wales. A way to show the blue staff that they trust him. For the future.