Palu retires from Test rugby

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by Beth Newman

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has revealed that Wycliff Palu has retired from international rugby, as he prepares for a Japanese season.

Palu wasn't even supposed to be playing in Australia this season, after signing a two-year deal with Japanese top League side Toyota Verblitz, but injury brought him back to the Waratahs and gave him the chance to add another Test to his Wallabies tally.

Palu spent 12 years with the Waratahs. Photo: Getty Images

The 34-year-old has had a rollercoaster run with injury in recent years, with a hamstring problem ending his 2015 World Cup campaign prematurely, before his eventual return to Super Rugby for a Waratahs swansong this season.

He told Cheika of his decision to retire in the wake of the 3-0 England series loss, happy to keep the decision out of the public spotlight.

Cheika was quick to laud the number eight for his service to the Wallabies, in revealing the news on Friday.

"He came and spoke to me after the series on him moving on and retiring from international rugby," he said.

"He doesn’t want any noise about this stuff.

Palu celebrates his first Test victory. Photo: Getty Images

"He's one of the greatest servants we have, he's done so much for Australian rugby, he shouldn’t be shifting out the side door to Japan.

"He’s been one of the great players I've coached not only because of the way he plays the game but his attitude towards the team and what he does for the team, all class and always understated."

The Wallabies train-on squad for the Rugby Championship is set to be announced on Friday afternoon.