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Polota-Nau calls time on international career

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Leicester Tigers hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has announced that he will retire from international rugby following a final appearance for Australia in their World Cup warm-up fixture against Samoa on Saturday in Sydney.

Polota-Nau has been named among the replacements for the match.

Speaking from Wallabies camp, Polota-Nau said: “It’s a privilege to wear the gold jersey again, most likely for the last time."

“It’s been a hell of a journey from my end and I feel very fortunate.”

Polota-Nau has made 89 appearances for the Wallabies since debuting in 2005, when the then 20-year-old achieved the rare feat of playing for his country before having played Super Rugby.

The 34-year-old joined Leicester Tigers part-way through the 2017/18 season and has since gone on to make 32 appearances for the club.

Polota-Nau was left out of Australia's 31-man World Cup squad for the 2019 tournament and will return to Leicester after an expected run out in the game against Samoa from the bench in his hometown of Parramatta, in Sydney's Western Suburbs, this weekend.

Looking ahead to the game, Polota-Nau said: “It’s a very important game."

“Not just to get different combinations in the right place but also for guys who don’t get much exposure in Test rugby to test their wares.

“Samoa are a really experienced side with many of them playing in the premiership where I’m at (UK) so they will have a lot to offer as they prepare for Japan as well.”