Wallabies set to lose Lukhan Tui after altercation with fan

Date published: September 16 2018

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has revealed that flanker Lukhan Tui is unlikely to be on Australia’s flight to South Africa on Saturday.

Tui was involved in an altercation with an irate fan after the Wallabies suffered a 23-19 Rugby Championship defeat against Argentina on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

That incident came after a difficult week for the 21-year-old whose stepfather passed away on Wednesday.

Emotions were raw to begin with but ugly scenes at the Cbus Super Stadium ensued when the fan – who had been abusing other Wallabies players in the minutes prior – fronted Tui as he was speaking with family. Tui’s distressed sister was knocked over in the melee.

The Wallabies spent an extended amount of time in the changing rooms in the aftermath and it was then revealed by Cheika that Tui had told the team he intended to take the remainder of the year off.

On Sunday Cheika confirmed the flanker was an unlikely starter when the Wallabies face the Springboks in Port Elizabeth on September 29.

“I’d say it’s unlikely yeah based on what we spoke about last night,” Cheika said.

“He’s had a big week, a pretty big week in someone’s life and this happens.

“Whatever post match isn’t in the forefront of his mind right now.

“His stepfather has just passed away and I think that’s a time where he needs to just be with his family and be together.”

Meanwhile, injured Wallaby Samu Kerevi has revealed the sledge which triggered the ugly altercation between Tui and the fan.

Kerevi was in the crowd watching the angry fan hurl abuse and was part of the group of people who pulled his Reds team-mate and the man apart.

Kerevi took to Instagram on Sunday to share his side of the story.

“Lukhan came in to help out because that guy was swearing around his family,” Kerevi wrote.

“That altercation only happened because the drunk fan told Lukhan to ‘play with some heart’.

“The fact that he was even on the field speaks volumes.

“So for everyone throwing chat at my boy… Shut your mouth!

“Know your facts before you start judging.”