Tupou reveals what could be keeping him in Australia
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The allure of the 2025 British and Irish Lions series and 2027 home World Cup could be a key factor in keeping Wallabies Taniela Tupou strong in Australia in the long term.
Tupou, 26, is out of contract with Rugby Australia at the end of the year, with overseas clubs set to battle for the imposing first-rower’s signature.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Tupou said playing against the Lions was a goal he would like to achieve in his career as he has kept the door open to a new deal with Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds.
“I want to tick that off and for that to happen I obviously have to be injury free and be in Australia,” Tupou said.
“I can’t wait to see what happens and I hope the Reds want me here for the next few years.
“I would love to stay here in Australia, but we’ll see what happens.”
The 26-year-old accessory suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon while playing for the Wallabies against Ireland in November and the lengthy rehabilitation process means he will have little time to prove his suitability to new manager Eddie Jones before the World Cup in France from September. .
Tupou says it was likely a stint at a rugby club or a tour of Australia A will provide his path back, but his immediate priority was rehabilitation.
“I’m focusing now on the good Achilles and we’ll see what happens next,” he added.
When asked if Jones’ appointment might influence his decision to stay with Rugby Australia, Tupou replied: “No, not really.
“I’ve never worked with him or done anything with Eddie before, but I’ve heard a lot of great stories.
“From what I know, he is a very successful coach, especially in a World Cup year.
“If I have the chance to work with him, I will be delighted because I’m sure I will learn a lot from him.”