Full name S'U.Tatafu Polota-Nau
Born July 26, 1985, Sydney, NSW
Current age 29 years 6 days
Major teams Australia A, Waratahs, Australia
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 253 lb
|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|
|Test debut||England v Australia at Twickenham, Nov 12, 2005 match details|
|Last Test||Australia v France at Sydney, Jun 21, 2014 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
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.