Wycliff Palu rugby player
Wycliff Palu rugby player

Wycliff Palu

27th Jul 1982 1.94m/120kg No. 8

After making his NSW provincial debut in 2003 against Samoa in Sydney, the promising rookie reverting briefly to the sport he grew up with, signing with the St.

George Illawarra Dragons for the 2004 season but returning to union the following year. After a promising pre-season that saw him earn a man-of-the-match award for a trial game performance, Palu made his Super Rugby debut in the HSBC Waratahs’ round one opener against the Chiefs.

One of the most feared players on the field, he leads by example with his ability to run the ball hard and tackle even harder often providing a visible lift to those around him and earning an audible response from those in the crowd.

After missing all of the 2010 international season with a knee injury and managing just six Super Rugby appearances in 2011, he earned selection in the RWC 2011 squad before injury forced him home from New Zealand early. The long-serving backrower reached his 100th Super Rugby cap milestone in 2014.

Palu reached his 50 Test milestone in June 2014, when the Wallabies played France in Brisbane, nine seasons after his debut. He is currently a part of the Wallabies 2015 RWC Australian squad.

Sadly he was ruled out during the group stages after picking up an injury

On July 29th 2016, Palu announced his retirement from international rugby, and moved to focus his rugby career in Japan.

(LS July 2016)


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