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Polota-Nau back with Tahs on Super loan

Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau could turn out for NSW against the Reds in their Super Rugby clash on Saturday after returning from the UK on a loan deal.

Polota-Nau back with Tahs on Super loan

Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau could turn out for NSW against the Reds in their Super Rugby clash on Saturday after returning from the UK on a loan deal.

TATAFU POLOTA-NAU of Australia receives a pass during a training session at the Lensbury Hotel in London, England.
TATAFU POLOTA-NAU of Australia receives a pass during a training session at the Lensbury Hotel in London, England. Picture:Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will bolster the Waratahs front row stocks and stiffen their scrum for Saturday's Super Rugby examination by the Reds, after signing a short-term loan deal.

The 89-Test rake played most of his Super Rugby career for the Tahs before having one season with Western Force and joining English club Leicester in late 2017.


With fellow Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu serving a six-week suspension and props Sham Vui and Tom Robertson injured, Polota-Nau is a welcome addition to the Waratahs front row ranks.

Polota-Nau flew into Sydney on Monday morning.

Coach Daryl Gibson said the length of Polota-Nau's-stint had to be finalised, but doubted it would cover the full duration of Latu's suspension.

Pending completion of the necessary paperwork the 33-year-old front rower is set to win his 143rd NSW cap, coming off the bench behind Damien Fitzpatrick for Saturday's SCG clash with the Reds.

Polota Nau has made 12 appearances for Leicester Tigers in their current campaign.

"Part of his goal is to make the (Wallabies) World Cup squad. The best way he can do that is by playing rugby and playing in the Super Rugby competition," Gibson said.

"It's very rare obviously to have a mid-term cover as such, but it really works well for Tatafu.

"The fact that he gets an opportunity to get in front of the rugby selectors here in this country and show what he can do."

The Reda are renowned for putting an emphasis on their scrummaging, so Polota-Nau's return is especially timely.

"That's the area that we're putting a lot of work into at the moment. We know it's something that we need to improve," Gibson said.

"We know that's the strength of the Reds, it's what we've been training for.

"It's one area that Taf excels in, he's a big body and he'll certainly add to that scrummaging strength."

Gibson stressed NSW needed to improve significantly on their performance in the one-point away win over the Sunwolves prior to their bye last week.

"'We have to be much much better to be a competitive team in the league," he said.

Saturday's match is the Tahs' first Australian derby of the season.

Gibson rates the Reds a much better side than in 2018, despite them propping up the conference table after losing their first two games in 2019.

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