Palu to stay on with Waratahs


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Wallabies & Waratahs No. 8 Wycliff Palu has signed a new two-year deal to stay with the Australian Rugby Union and Super 14’s Waratahs.

Palu, who was man of the match in the Waratahs’ 20-3 opening-round win over Wellington on Saturday, will remain in Australia until the 2010 season, the ARU announced Monday.

The 17-test veteran said he turned down unspecified overseas offers.

“Two years is a long time in rugby and I’m very happy with the deal,” Palu said.


“I had offers to leave but in the end staying with Australian rugby is the best option for me on and off the field.”


Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie, who persuaded Palu to return to rugby union after a one-season stint with the National Rugby League’s St.George Illawarra Dragons in 2004, said it was good to have power-running forward on a new contract.

“We copped a bit of criticism when we first signed Cliffy but since then he’s not only proved a lot of doubters wrong, he’s added a new dimension to our game,” said McKenzie.

Palu, 25, was a member of the touring Wallabies to Britain, Ireland and Italy in 2006 and played for Australia in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Sapa-AP – Super14.com

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