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.
The aggressive Waratahs and Sydney University hooker came into the Stars side midway through the 2015 season after returning from international duty with the Barbarians and World XV selections in Rugby World Cup warm-up matches, and provided valuable experience to the young Stars pack on their way to the NRC semi-finals.
Latu played with the Australian Under-20s side in 2012 and in 2013, alongside Liam Gill, Sean McMahon and Kyle Godwin among others, and in 2015 was awarded the Chris Whitaker Aspiring Waratah Medal, awarded to a younger player who has shown the most promise during the season, as voted by the ‘Tahs coaching staff.