Wallabies abroad: Toomua, Polota-Nau set for round-the-world trip

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by Beth Newman in Japan

Wallabies duo Matt Toomua and Tatafu Polota-Nau are off on a whirlwind journey this week.

Toomua and Polota-Nau travelled back to London on Sunday night while the rest of their teammates stayed in Australia.

As part of the regulation nine window, the pair must return to their club Leicester this weekend for the start of the Premiership before returning to Wallabies camp before their next Test.

Though the players are available for the full Rugby Championship, regulation nine stipulates that national teams can only call on them for six weeks of the full nine, meaning off weeks are spent back in their clubs.

Leicester plays Exeter in the first match of their season on Sunday at 1:30am AEST.

Theoretically, Toomua and Polota-Nau could play in that game and then be back in Wallabies camp by Tuesday with four days left to prepare for the Brisbane Test against the Springboks.

The pair will have to make a similar trip after the Wallabies' home Tests against the Springboks and Pumas, though the trip back from the UK won’t be as lengthy that time with the Wallabies playing South Africa away on September 29.

Polota-Nau started in both of the Wallabies Tests against the All Blacks, while Toomua had limited minutes off the bench.

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Lopeti Timani made his La Rochelle debut last weekend. Photo: AFPA host of Aussies made their club debuts in France last weekend.

Kane Douglas made a successful Bordeaux debut on the weekend with former Reds teammate Eto Nabuli coming off the bench alongside Fijian star Semi Radradra.

They had a familiar opponent in the form of ex-Wallabies skipper Ben Mowen, playing at six for Pau.

Flanker Liam Gill played at openside for Lyon in a tough opening draw, while Lopeti Timani played his first game in France in the second row for La Rochelle against Grenoble.

Reds utility Ben Lucas came off the bench for Grenoble in the clash.

Former Wallabies back Peter Betham scored for Clermont in a big win over Agen, playing alongside Sitaleki Timani.

RESULTS

Montpellier 20 - Castres 25

Perpignan 15 - Stade Francais 46

Bordeaux 41 - Pau 19

Lyon 16 - Toulouse 16

La Rochelle 28 - Grenoble 21

Clermont 67 - Agen 23

Toulon 9 - Racing 92 25