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Tatafu Polota-Nau
Australia
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Full name S'U.Tatafu Polota-Nau
Born July 26, 1985, Sydney, NSW
Current age 28 years 267 days
Major teams Australia A, Waratahs, Australia
Position Hooker
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 253 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2005-2013 46 20 26 10 2 0 0 0 30 14 2 67.39
Bledisloe Cup 2008-2012 7 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1 21.42
IRB Rugby World Cup 2011-2011 6 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 66.66
The Rugby Championship 2008-2012 15 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 8 0 46.66

Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Twickenham, Nov 12, 2005 match details
Last Test Wales v Australia at Millennium Stadium, Nov 30, 2013 match details
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Profile

Polota-Nau had long been identified as a future Wallabies prospect, and as such made his international debut in 2005 before he had played in a Super Rugby match. The former IRB U21 Player of the Year went on to forge a strong career with the NSW Waratahs after signing for them in 2006, while maintaining his regular presence in Australia squads. The hooker, of Tongan heritage, has a fearsome game built on his strong physical attributes, and knows how to find the tryline on occasion. Since his Test bow he was employed mainly as a replacement due to the strong bond formed between the front-row of Benn Robinson, Ben Alexander and hooker Stephen Moore, his main rival for honours.

Polota Nau was regurly used as a substitute for the Wallabies throughout the 2009-10 season with Moore preferred as first-choice. And Polota-Nau travelled with the international side on their tour of the northern hemisphere in November 2010 - coming off the bench twice in the process. However, Polota-Nau's rise in the Wallabies' ranks was halted with a knee injury sustained in mid-June.

Despite a six-eight week prognosis for his recovery, Polota-Nau was given the benefit of the doubt and featured in Australia's World Cup campaign, which ended in the semi-finals.

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Jan 22, 2014
Tatafu Polota-Nau talks exclusively to ESPNscrum correspondent Greg Growden
Tatafu Polota-Nau talks exclusively to ESPNscrum correspondent Greg Growden
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Nov 28, 2013
Australia's Tatafu Polota-Nau looks on during a training session
Australia's Tatafu Polota-Nau looks on during a training session
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Jun 1, 2013
Tatafu Polota-Nau models one of the golden safari hats to be given away to Wallabies fans in order to combat the 'sea of red'
Tatafu Polota-Nau models one of the golden safari hats to be given away to Wallabies fans in order to combat the 'sea of red'
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Jun 1, 2013
Tatafu Polota-Nau models one of the golden safari hats to be given away to Wallabies fans in order to combat the 'sea of red'
Tatafu Polota-Nau models one of the golden safari hats to be given away to Wallabies fans in order to combat the 'sea of red'
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