A former Wallabies player is clinging to life after a frenzied stabbing attack in Brisbane in the early hours of Monday morning.
Toutai Kefu, who earned 60 caps for Australia and played in the 1999 World Cup-winning team, is undergoing emergency surgery after three people allegedly broke into his Coorparoo home at 3am.
Police say a brawl erupted after the group were caught breaking into the Buena Vista Ave home, resulting in knives being brandished and Kefu being stabbed in the stomach.
He was rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition with abdominal wounds. His wife, son and daughter were also injured in the incident and taken to hospital.
Neighbours rushed to help and held down one of the alleged offenders, who is believed to have been arrested at the scene.
Two men are in police custody, but police say further offenders “fled in a car towards Woolloongabba”.
A Queensland Rugby Union spokesperson said the incident was “shocking”.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Toutai and his family at this time,” the spokesperson said.
“We offer our support to them and the wider Queensland Rugby community who are affected by the incident.”