Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: TPN: I still want to be the best hooker in Australia

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2011

    TPN: I still want to be the best hooker in Australia

    Tatafu Polota-Nau will be driven by one factor in 2017 - a burning desire to become the best hooker in Australia.

    Sick of playing second fiddle to Stephen Moore at national level, Polota-Nau was straight to the point when he spoke to about his motivation in moving to the Western Force after a decorated decade at the Waratahs.

    The 31-year-old has been one of Australia's best hookers since making his Wallabies debut at age 20 but has never quite made it to the top of the tree.

    Polota-Nau hopes that will all change with the move west.

    "I wanted to continue on from what Iíve left off (at the Waratahs)," he said after the Force's trial win over the Melbourne Rebels at Bond University.

    "I still want to be the best hooker in Australia." - Tatafu Polota-Nau

    Polota-Nau has always had massive potential but his kamikaze style of play in both attack and defense has led to a litany of injuries - the latest being a badly broken arm which required surgery at the end of last year.

    The injuries have stopped him from playing consistent stretches of elite rugby, an issue he did not shy away from.

    "Itís great to be back on the paddock and really test the arm because there was a bit of nervous tension there as to how that progressed," he said.

    "I thought it held up pretty well and it was good to get involved pretty quickly but there are a few areas that I need to work on."

    In making the shift west, Polota-Nau hopes to spur himself on to a consistent starting spot come the international season.

    "Last year wasnít the best season for me when it comes to injuries so it was a personal choice - itís nothing to take away from the Tahs but for me as a person and as a rugby player I felt I needed to make the move," he said.

    "It was also about making myself more proactive in terms of getting right for the season."

    "First day of preseason I walked in, the boys had their arms wide open, itís a great feeling to be a part of," he said.

    "Theyíre a great bunch of boys and you can see right away, from the get go, the chemistry that is here between the boys. "Everything is starting to shape up and Iím really just looking forward to getting into the season."

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  2. #2
    Champion chibi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Chinatown, Roe St
    I am immature because the headline made me giggle.

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!

    Japan and the Pacific Islands for Aussie Super 9's!

    Let's have one of these in WA! Click this link: Saitama Super Arena - New Perth Stadium?

Similar Threads

  1. Where will the New Force Hooker Come From
    By Thequeerone in forum TAB
    Replies: 71
    Last Post: 27-02-10, 21:16
  2. Bok hooker banned
    By pieter blackie in forum South Africa
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 14-07-08, 17:54
  3. Wales hooker ruled out of Australia tour
    By NewsBot in forum News Feeds
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 23-05-07, 10:05

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts