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Palu to play in Japan for Toyota Verblitz again

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Waratahs No.8 Wycliff Palu has agreed to play in Japan for Toyota Verblitz after the Super Rugby season completes.

Thirty three year old  Blindside Flanker and No.8 Palu has been named as one of three new players for Toyota Verblitz including Dominic Day and former Reds back Ben Lucas.

Palu signed for Verblitz last season and rejoined the Waratahs in January this season ahead of the Super Rugby season.

Palu missed the second half of the Rugby World Cup in 2015 due to injury but played for the Wallabies in the third Test against England and won his 58th cap for Australia.

The loose forward originally signed a two year deal with Verblitz in 2015 but when he was injured in the Wallabies match against Uruguay his tournament ended and in December was released from his contract.

“Despite expending every effort to recover in Australia so he could play in Japan, he will not be fit to play in the Top League,” Verblitz said in a statement on the league’s website at the time.

“It is with extreme regret, but after consulting with the player himself, we have decided to drop him from the register.”

It is unclear whether Palu will return to the Waratahs next season but is currently the oldest player in the squad.

 

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