• Switch Edition
Follow
Super 14 2010 / Players & Officials / Tatafu Polota-Nau
Tatafu Polota-Nau
Australia
player portrait
Full name S'U.Tatafu Polota-Nau
Born July 26, 1985, Sydney, NSW
Current age 29 years 124 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 2005-2014 50 23 27 10 2 0 0 0 34 14 2 70.00
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 2008-2014 16 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 8 8 0 50.00

Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Twickenham, Nov 12, 2005 match details
Last Test Australia v Argentina at Gold Coast, Sep 13, 2014 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list
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.

Latest Articles
Palu ruled out of Wallabies tour (Sep 15, 2014) Wallabies' hooker and winger curse continues (Sep 14, 2014) Pumas primed for 'special day' against Wallabies (Sep 13, 2014) Wallabies changes make sense for Pumas (Sep 9, 2014) Folau primed for test against the best (Aug 11, 2014) Tatafu Polota-Nau news and articles (58) »
Latest Photos
Sep 13, 2014
Australia's Tatafu Polota-Nau suffered a serious ankle injury
Australia's Tatafu Polota-Nau suffered a serious ankle injury
©  Getty Images
Aug 2, 2014
The Waratahs' Tatafu Polota-Nau looks in agony after picking up an injury
The Waratahs' Tatafu Polota-Nau looks in agony after picking up an injury
©  Getty Images
Aug 2, 2014
Flying high! Adam Ashley-Cooper gets lifted by Tatafu Polota-Nau for the restart
Flying high! Adam Ashley-Cooper gets lifted by Tatafu Polota-Nau for the restart
©  Getty Images
Aug 1, 2014
The Waratahs' Tatafu Polota-Nau walks out for the Super Rugby Grand Final Captain's Run
The Waratahs' Tatafu Polota-Nau walks out for the Super Rugby Grand Final Captain's Run
©  Getty Images
Tatafu Polota-Nau rugby photos (37) »
Live Scores
Results
Fixtures