Sacked Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is set to make a surprise return to rugby league with the Tonga national team, the 30-year-old said on Monday.
Folau's four-year contract for Rugby Australia (RA) and New South Wales Waratahs was torn up in May after he was found guilty of a "high-level" breach of RA's code of conduct for posting on social media that hell awaits 'drunks, homosexuals, adulterers' and other groups.
The decision cost Folau a place in the Wallabies squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
He had flirted with the idea of switching back to rugby league earlier this year but Australia's National Rugby League ruled out any swap back to the 13-man code.
The Tongan organisation, however, said they would welcome Folau and his younger brother John for their tests in New Zealand against Britain on Oct. 26 and the Kangaroos on Nov. 2.