Emmanuel Meafou, the colossus of Stade Toulousain of Australian origin, obtained French nationality this Thursday. Already called up as a partner of the Blues in training, the 24-year-old second row should therefore appear in the list of the coach, Fabien Galthié, to prepare for the next Six Nations Tournament, which begins on February 2 against Ireland.
Emmanuel Meafou had repeatedly expressed his wish to play for France, where he has lived for five years, rather than for the Wallabies. A reinforcement of weight (2.03 m, 140 kg) for the Blues, in search of this very physical profile.
On his Instagram account, the player, born in New Zealand to Samoan parents but Australian after growing up there, expressed his pride. And admitted to having shed a few tears, he who will be a father for the first time next month. “I love this country and I want to give back to France everything it has done for me,” said Emmanuel Meafou. Who hopes to evolve for “more than ten years” at Stade Toulousain.
Didier Lacroix, the president of Stade Toulousain, was present at the ceremony, after which he said he felt “very proud and very moved”.