Tatafu Polota Nau has re-signed with the HSBC Waratahs for another three years.
The new agreement takes the 27-year-old hooker through until the conclusion of the 2016 season. One of only seven players to have completed his NSW century and the ‘face’ of the game in Sydney’s west, Polota Nau says he is happy to have his future resolved and says “unfinished business” was the motive for rejecting overseas overtures to remain in Australia.
While currently sidelined after breaking his arm during the HSBC Waratahs’ recent win over the Brumbies which will see him miss the DHL Australia 2013 Lions tour, Polota Nau remains positive about his chance of returning for NSW’s final Super Rugby game of the season against the Reds in July.
A return to Super Rugby action would put him in position to be available for the second edition of the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship that begins on August 17 when the Qantas Wallabies tackle the All Blacks in Sydney.
“I’d like to earn the right to win a few trophies. The Bledisloe Cup in particular. New Zealand has had that for far too long and I’d like to be around to help Australia get it back.”
Acknowledging that attending another Rugby World Cup was also in his mind, as was the pursuit of a Super Rugby title with NSW, the 2012 Members’ Choice HSBC Waratahs Player of the Year said, “They are all things you can’t achieve if you are not in Australia.”
Since making his NSW debut back in 2005 – the same year made his Test debut – the 2005 IRB Under-21 Player of the Year has represented his state on 103 occasions, making him NSW’s seventh most capped player of all time, just three behind fellow NSW great, David Lyons.
A product of Granville High School in Sydney’s west, Polota Nau co-captained Australian Schools within two years of taking up the game.
He has subsequently been closely identified with the Parramatta club, having served as a member of the board at the Two Blues. He was named Parramatta Sport’s Person of the Year two years ago.