Polota-Nau heads West

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:25
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NEWS: Wallaby hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has joined the Western Force ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

Polota-Nau has signed a one-year deal with the Western Australian outfit after 11 seasons in Sydney with the Waratahs.

The 68-Test hooker is currently recovering from a broken arm, after undergoing surgery in recent weeks, an injury that curtailed his opportunities abroad.

"I'm really looking forward to getting across to the west and joining the Force," Polota-Nau told rugby.com.au.

"[New Head Coach] Dave Wessels is very impressive and there is a really good environment within the playing group with some great young talent coming through and really good leaders at the team like Hodgo [Matt Hodgson] and the new Wallabies Dane Haylett-Petty and Adam Coleman."

Polota-Nau said he was keen to immerse himself in the Perth community.

"One of the things I was keen to understand was the Force's plans around community rugby and that's something I’m very keen to get involved when I get over to the west."

The Wallabies usual reserve hooker said it was difficult watching the Wallabies play while he is busy with his rehab.  

"The boys played really well against Wales on the weekend and obviously, I'm gutted I'm not on the tour having a crack at the Grand Slam. 

"There is a really strong belief within the group and all the hard work that’s getting put into our preparation is going to show out in our games over in Europe.

"Playing for Australia is the ultimate for me and I want to continue playing for the Wallabies for as long as possible. The Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle of our sport and having played in two no, and reaching the final last year, the desire is certainly there to work towards getting another shot at the World Cup.

“Right now it's just about getting myself ready to play and putting in a big pre-season with the Western Force ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season."


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