Wallabies star loses house in cyclone
The Category 4 cyclone unleashed winds of more than 200km per hour across the Pacific island where the government declared a State of Emergency on Monday.
Tupou’s mother Loisi and family live in a tiny village outside the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa and he’d heard of the devastation in his homeland even before the full force of the cyclone hit.
“Just got off the phone with my brother from Tonga. Our house is gone already and the cyclone is not even there yet,” Tupou posted on his Instagram account on Monday night.
“Not exactly what I wanted to hear but much love to all my Fams back home.
“Stay safe errbody.”