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BREAKING: Leicester Tigers sign 78 cap heavyweight Wallaby frontrower

By RugbyPass
It’s been a tough year for the Wallabies

Leicester Tigers have completed the signing of Australia international hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau on a two-and-a-half year contract, beginning in December 2017.

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Born in Western Sydney, Polota-Nau played for Greater Western Sydney Rams and Parramatta Two-Blues as well as in Super Rugby with the Waratahs and Western Force.

A former Australia Schools international, Polota-Nau earned the distinction of winning a first cap for Australia as a 20-year-old before he had played at Super Rugby level.

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Known as a powerful ball-carrier and fierce tackler, Polota-Nau now has more than 140 appearances in Super Rugby and 78 Test caps, including World Cup campaigns in 2011 and 2015, playing in the Final against New Zealand. He is named in the starting line-up for the Wallabies Test against Wales in Cardiff this Saturday.

Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor said: “Taf is a fierce player with a huge 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.

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“We think he will add a lot to a very competitive group of quality front-rowers here, working with other international players including Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Ellis Genge and Logo Mulipola, and we look forward to his arrival next month.”

Polota-Nau, 32, said: “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.

“I do hope that I can contribute to what I think is a very good start to their season and campaign.

“It will be interesting playing against some of the squad players in the November internationals but I’m very keen to switch thinking caps and get a taste of the challenges ahead.”

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William 1 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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