At just 23 years of age in 2016, and after just two seasons of professional rugby, Tolu Latu has already has 28 Waratahs caps. Showing promising impact in the front row, Latu was recognised with the 2015 Chris Whitaker Aspiring Waratah Medal, awarded to a younger player who has shown the most promise during the season, as voted by the coaching staff. The Waratahs hooker joined the likes of Liam Gill, Sean McMahon and Kyle Godwin as a representative in the Australian U20 squad in 2012 and in 2013, made a solid contribution to Sydney University’s Shute Shield win against Eastwood, scoring a try in his inaugural first grade Grand Final. It wasn’t long before Latu stepped up for his Super Rugby debut in Round 1 of 2014, one of 14 caps in the Waratahs championship season. Adding an extra four appearances during the 2015 Super Rugby season, Latu was called upon to make his starting debut in the number two jersey in Round 6 during the Waratahs’ victory over the Brumbies where he crossed for his maiden Super Rugby try.
Despite spending most of 2016 on the sideline due a hamstring injury early in the season, Latu came back with a vengeance as soon as he had the opportunity, showcasing a set of impressive performances for Buildcorp NRC Grand Finalists, the NSW Country Eagles.
His tenacity paid off, noticed by Michael Cheika and called up to the Wallabies squad for their tour of South Africa and England against South Africa and Argentina respectively in The Rugby Championship.
Born in Tonga, Latu moved to Sydney where he attended Botany Bay Primary School before becoming a student at South Sydney High.
His rugby began with the Canterbury juniors where he started as a back, before moving to the centres and then finally settling in as a forward.
The NSW Waratahs hooker joined the likes of Liam Gill, Sean McMahon and Kyle Godwin as a representative in the Australian Under 20s squad in 2012.
It wasn’t long before Tolu stepped up for his Super Rugby debut in round one of 2014. It was a season which saw the reliable forward appear 14 times for the the Tahs in their first Championship season.