Polota-Nau relishing the sea change

Super Rugby
by Tom Logan

Tatafu Polota-Nau is enjoying life in Perth as the veteran hooker prepares for a new beginning with the Western Force.

Polota-Nau who has played 68 Tests for the Wallabies joins the Western Australian outfit from the NSW Waratahs whom he has played for since 2006, before playing at the Brumbies.

It is understood the injury plagued Polota-Nau turned down numerous offers from overseas clubs in order to sign with the Force in order for more playing opportunities with the Wallabies.

“I definitely needed a sea change to shake things up but more importantly with the move this will not deter me from trying to be the best that I can be,” Polota-Nau said.

“I’ll be trying to put my best foot forward for the Force this year, I have a really good feeling this year, there have been a lot of young guys that have been training the house down. I have a really good feeling for this year.”

“The most impressive factor for me since being at the Force this year has been the intensity at training. It’s something that I am used to at the Wallabies but to have this at the Force level is really impressive.”


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Polota-Nau has relished the new move and can’t see himself leaving the West coast anytime soon.

“On my first weekend off training, I took the car down to Rockingham, it was a very nice serene, family-orientated area."

"I absolutely loved it and I’m sorry to say Sydney but Perth has got me and I can see myself living over here after my career.”

In other news for the Western Force, former Australian Under 20s representative Alex Newsome has signed a one-year deal with the club for 2017.

The outside back had a strong season for the NSW Country Eagles in the NRC competition last year and will be hoping to make his Super Rugby debut in the new year.

The Western Force kick off their Super Rugby home campaign against the Queensland Reds on the 2nd March. Memberships can be found at www.westernforce.com.au