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Leicester Tigers Sign Australia Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 04: Tatafu Polota-Nau of the Wallabies scores a try during the international match between Japan and Australia at Nissan Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Leicester Tigers have signed experienced Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau on a two-and-a-half year contract, starting next month, as revealed by the Tigers’ official website.

The 32 year-old Sydney-born front-rower has racked up 78 caps since his international debut against England in 2005 and has appeared in two World Cups in 2011 and 2015, appearing in the final of the 2015 edition as the Wallabies went down 31-17 to the All Blacks.

Vastly-experienced at Super Rugby level as well, the powerful 17st 13lb forward has made a 146 appearances in the tournament. Firstly at home franchise the Waratahs, helping the ‘Tahs’ to a 2014 Super Rugby title before moving this season to the now-defunct Western Force.

A very strong ball-carrier with a big workrate and a fierce tackler, Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor was fulsome in his praise of his fellow Australian and was delighted to have secured the star’s services,

“Taf is a fierce player with a hige amount of experience in Super Rugby and at Test level. He started Australia’s recent Bledisloe Cup win over the All Blacks and was a key member of the Waratahs team that won Super Rugby in 2014.

“Now he is keen to experience rugby in the northern hemisphere and we’re delighted that he has chosen to come to Tigers”.

Speaking about his move to the two-time European Champions, Polota-Nau said he was ‘really looking forward’ to experiencing Northern hemisphere rugby,

“I’m really looking forward to experiencing what northern hemisphere rugby is about. To be privileged to do it with one of the most prestigious clubs of the English Premiership, Leicester Tigers, I believe that not only can I further my game individually, but they have the capacity to add plenty more trophies to their illustrious cabinet and history”.

Polota-Nau, currently with the Wallabies on their northern hemisphere tour, is another stellar signing for the Welford road outfit and will bolster their impressive front-row stocks which boast the likes of- Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Ellis Genge and Logo Mulipola.

The Tigers have made an excellent start to the season, having won five of their opening seven matches, and currently lie in third place in the Premiership table.

 

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