Rugby Union

Wycliff Palu returns to NSW Waratahs

The NSW Waratahs have received an unexpected bonus with veteran Wallabies No.8 Wycliff Palu back in their ranks for the coming Super Rugby season.

Palu, who has 121 Waratahs caps, rejoined the Sydney-based franchise after prolonged rehabilitation on a hamstring injury suffered during the Wallabies' 2015 Rugby World Cup match against Uruguay forced him to miss most of the Japanese Top League season.

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Halfback Matt Lucas has re-signed with the Waratahs until the end of next year.

Palu said he was keen to return and sees it as a second chance to finish on a high note.

Back in blue: Wycliff Palu.
Back in blue: Wycliff Palu. Photo: Getty Images

"I'm grateful for the opportunity. They didn't have to take me on, they could have picked someone else, there's a lot of young players coming through," Palu said. 

"I'm the oldest now so that's a bit different. We're still doing a lot of the things we were doing before, still working hard, training hard. It's pretty exciting with the new coaches. 

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"I'm not going to change in the way I approach my rugby. I'll still go out there and be the best I can, but I also want to pass on my knowledge to the players." 

The two signings will add to an already rich list of experience in the Waratahs side for 2016. In total, 23 players have been retained from the 2015 NSW squad.

This year's squad features 14 players with international experience, including 13 Wallabies and former All Black, Zac Guildford. 

AAP