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Palu rejects Japanese offers to stay with Tahs

No.8 Wycliff Palu on the charge for Waratahs

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Article Published: Monday 7 May 2012|

Waratahs No.8 Wycliff Palu has rejected offers to play in Japan and has re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union and the Waratahs for another year of rugby.

The 29-year-old loose forward had been courted by Japanese club rugby, but has opted to stay in Australia in a bid to add to the 38 international and appearances he has already made for the Wallabies since debuting against England at Melbourne in 2006.

With 81 NSW caps to his name - including 76 Super Rugby appearances - Palu is already one of the state's top 20 most-capped players of all-time.

After making his Super Rugby debut in 2005 against the Chiefs, in 2009 Palu became the first Waratahs player to win consecutive Matthew Burke Cups for Players' Player of the Year.

Waratahs Head Coach Michael Foley believes he will remain an important asset, describing his resigning as "very important" for the team. "We are so excited to have him staying on," said Foley, "The difference he's made at times in unquestionable.

"It's a great endorsement for the guys that he plays with. They are a good bunch of blokes and he wants to keep playing with them.

"He's a rare forward who has a little bit of X factor. Cliff can certainly do things in a game that others can't."

"He's able to open a game up with an involvement and he gives everyone else a lift when he's on the field."

Injuries have plagued Palu over the last two seasons and have limited him to earning just two Wallabies caps and he says the Waratahs can help him play at his best.

"This is where I started and I really like the place. I want to stay here as long as I can," Palu said of his decision to stay in NSW.

"Everyone here at the Waratahs, from the medical staff to the coaching staff, has been really good."

The chance of involvement in next year's British and Irish Lions  tour was also an incentive, Palu says.

"It's a once in a career experience if you are lucky enough to play the Lions

"I didn't want to be sitting there watching the tour go on from a distance, regretting having given up the opportunity to be a part of it"

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