Tui no tour cer­tainty

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

WAL­LA­BIES coach Michael Cheika ex­pects to hear this week if back­rower Lukhan Tui will make him­self avail­able for the spring tour to the UK and Europe.

Tui pulled out from the side’s re­cent matches in South Africa and Ar­gentina af­ter he was in­volved in a scuf­fle with a fan fol­low­ing their loss to the Pu­mas on the Gold Coast last month.

The 22- year- old Queens­lan­der was dis­traught fol­low­ing the death of his step­fa­ther in the lead up to the Test, with abuse from a drunk sup­porter spark­ing an ugly con­fronta­tion.

Cheika said he’d spo­ken with Tui but so far hadn’t re­ceived any as­sur­ance he wanted to re­sume his rugby ca­reer.

“I’ve spo­ken to him and am try­ing to ca­jole him back into the sad­dle be­cause I think it’s good for him and for his fam­ily that he gets back to do­ing what he loves,” Cheika told Fox Sport.

Lukhan Tui.

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