The sporting world has rallied around Wallabies great Toutai Kefu and his family after they had been injured in what police convey changed into a “brutal and violent” burglary long gone gruesome.
Kefu, 47, changed into stabbed whereas trying to protect his family and taken to a Brisbane sanatorium for surgery, Queensland Police confirmed on Monday morning.
Two males are in custody whereas one more fled the scene after the incident rapidly after 3am in the Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo, police said.
Police convey Kefu suffered “very excessive wounds” to his abdominal, nonetheless is anticipated to reside on.
His associate suffered necessary lacerations whereas two of their teenagers had been also lower.
Kefu, who coaches the Tongan national team, obtained messages of enhance from around the rugby union and rugby league communities on Monday.
“Tonga Rugby Union are terrorized to listen to of the assault on Toutai Kefu and family,” his employers wrote.
“Prayers exit to the family.”
The Wallabies said: “You bought this great man!! All our admire and thoughts to you and your complete Kefu family!”
All Blacks great Sonny Bill Williams wrote: “Thoughts and Prayers are with my Tongan brother Toutai Kefu & his family.”
Faded Wallabies superstar Quade Cooper said: “Prayers for Kef and his family after they had been senselessly attacked in their home.”
Tongan international Cooper Vuna said: “Help fighting coach! We are all right here with you. Ofa Atu Toutai Kefu.”
Rugby league mature Ashton Sims said: “Prayers up & god’s factual graces to Toutai Kefu & his family up in Brisbane.”
Recent Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks every tweeted in enhance of Kefu, calling him a “warrior on the topic and a leader off it”.
Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming urged newshounds Kefu changed into the first to investigate when the family woke to noises on Monday morning.
“That particular person changed into accosted by in any case one of many offenders in the premises and threatened to be stabbed if they didn’t hand over vehicle keys,” he said.
“Completely different members of the family got right here to that particular person’s support and during this time, very necessary injuries occurred to the family.”
Police had been urged neighbours got right here to the support of the family and caught one of many alleged offenders, who changed into armed with a knife.
That juvenile has been arrested, and police retrieved a knife and an axe on the crime scene and also imagine a machete changed into aged, though it wasn’t recovered.
One other early life changed into arrested by police and is below guard on the Princess Alexandra Medical institution.