Polota-Nau set to miss Wallabies tour
September 24, 2010
Tatafu-Polota Nau is unlikely to tour with the Wallabies © Getty Images
Australia coach Robbie Deans has conceded that their November tour of Hong Kong and Europe will come too soon for injured Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.
The powerful front-rower missed the Wallabies' Tri-Nations campaign with an ankle problem and looks set to pull up just short in his bid to return in time for Tests against New Zealand, Wales, England, Italy and France.
"He's rehabbing well and he won't be far away, but the reality is he probably won't be ready for the front end," Deans told AAP. "We just can't afford to take people who aren't ready for it."
Polota-Nau backed the former Crusaders coach's assessment and insisted that he did not want to tour if he couldn't perform to the best of his abilities.
"I sort of ruled out any possibility of going with an 85% fitness tolerance," he said. "I want to be 100% and give everything I have in order for the Wallabies to succeed on the spring tour."
Deans also confirmed that winger Digby Ioane, lock James Horwill and No.8 Wycliff Palu would not tour due to long-term injuries.
Reds duo Will Chambers and Rod Davies could feature in the squad however, with Deans set to announce a 40-man panel on October 3 before trimming his selection to 36 on October 13. Six players will then be released following the Wallabies' midweek meeting with Munster on November13.