Tatafu Polota-Nau

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Tatafu Polota-Nau
Tatafu Polota-Nau after Kids Clinic in Sydney.jpg
Birth nameSione 'Utukiveisini Tatafu Polota-Nau
Date of birth (1985-07-26) 26 July 1985 (age 35)
Place of birthSydney, Australia
Height181 cm (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Weight114 kg (251 lb; 17 st 13 lb)[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Current team Partamatta Two Blues
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Parramatta Two Blues ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007, 2016 Western Sydney Rams 7 (0)
2014–15 Greater Sydney Rams 0 (0)
2017–2020 Leicester Tigers 46 (0)
Correct as of 5 October 2020
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2016 Waratahs 140 (65)
2017 Force 13 (0)
2019 (Injury Cover) Waratahs 2 (0)
Correct as of 22 April 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2019 Australia 90 (25)
Australian Schoolboys 5 (0)
Correct as of 09 September 2019

Sione 'Utukiveisini Tatafu Polota-Nau (born 26 July 1985)[2] is an Australian rugby union player[3] who recently played for Parramatta Two Blues in Australia's Shute Shield.[4] He joined the club in December 2017.[4]

Family and early life[edit]

Polota-Nau was born in Camperdown, Sydney. He is the 2nd of three children (Moala, older sister; and Michael, younger brother) to Parents Audrey and Siosaia. He attended both Croydon Park Public School and Blaxcell Street Primary School. He attended Granville South Creative and Performing Arts School (was Granville South High).

He is of Tongan heritage.[5] Polota-Nau is the nephew of Hopoi Taione, who represented Japan in four rugby tests in the 1980s,and the 1st cousin of former professional wrestler Tonga Fifita, better known by the ring names "Haku" (World Wrestling Federation) and "Meng" (World Championship Wrestling).

Rugby career[edit]

During his tenure at Granville South High School, Polota-Nau only began to learn the game of Rugby Union largely thanks to a teacher by the name of Paul Ridgway, who grew up and played the game as well as become a Personal Development/Health/Physical Education teacher that transferred to Granville South High. It was there that Polota-Nau took interest in not only learning the game in such a short space of time, but also to progress exponentially through the rugby representative pathway at the age of 16. Advancing to the Australian Development U17 team. Out of high school, Polota-Nau received a High Performance Unit (HPU) contract to join the ACT Brumbies at the end of the 2003 year. At 20 years of age, Polota-Nau achieved the rare feat of Test selection before playing a match at Super 14 level.[citation needed] His performances in his Test debut against England at Twickenham and in the win over Ireland at Lansdowne Road were impressive.

Tatafu with Greater Sydney Rams Fans

Signed to the New South Wales Waratahs shortly after the end of the 2005 Super 12, he made his provincial debut against Auckland in July and made his first Super 14 appearance in 2006.

He is a strong and powerful hooker who has worked extremely hard in recent times to improve his set piece in partnership with hooking partner and fellow Wallaby Adam Freier. Polota-Nau was named in the Greater Sydney Rams squad for the 2014 and 2015 National Rugby Championship seasons but did not play for the team due to being required for the Australian national side.

On 9 November 2017 Polota-Nau signed for Leicester Tigers in England's Premiership Rugby on a 2-and-a-half-year contract[4] having previously played 146 matches of Super Rugby for a decade with the Waratahs and more recently for one season with the Western Force.[6] Polota-Nau's move abroad came on the back of the downsizing of Super Rugby and the removal of the Force from the competition.[7] Under Giteau's Law Polota-Nau will still be available for international selection.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Tatafu Polota-Nau". rugby.com.au. Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Tatafu Polota-Nau". ESPN. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Player: Tatafu Polota-Nau". NSW Waratahs. 4 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Tatafu Polota-Nau: Leicester Tigers sign Australia international hooker". BBC. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.rugby.com.au/players/wallabies/2009_squad/polota-nau,_tatafu,130573.html Archived 10 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Tatafu Polota-Nau: Leicester Tigers sign Australia international hooker". BBC Sport. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau may be forced overseas". Sky Sports. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Larkham: real worth of 'Giteau's Law'". Retrieved 10 November 2017.

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