Taf look­ing over­seas if Force axed

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JAMIE PANDARAM

TATAFU Polota- Nau and Dane Haylet­tPetty have made pas­sion­ate last- ditch pleas for the ARU not to cut the West­ern Force from Su­per Rugby, the hooker even sug­gest­ing he’ll head over­seas if the side is axed.

Polota- Nau has be­come Aus­tralia’s No. 1 hooker and with Stephen Moore re­tir­ing from in­ter­na­tion­als at the end of the sea­son, the Wal­la­bies can il­laf­ford to lose him in the lead- up to the 2019 World Cup.

But Polota- Nau has de­vel­oped a strong affin­ity with the West Aus­tralian rugby com­mu­nity and with a de­ci­sion on the ar­bi­tra­tion be­tween the ARU and WA Rugby to be an­nounced as early as Wed­nes­day, he could not make any guar­an­tees he’d re­main in Aus­tralia if the Force are cut.

“I’ll have to weigh up the op­tions,” he said.

“It’s a tough one be­cause of where I am head- wise. I see it in terms of eq­uity; if I do well in West­ern Aus­tralia I do well for Aus­tralia – in terms of grow­ing the game, and hope­fully the play­ing will fol­low that.

“If it doesn’t, I’ll have to go back to the draw­ing board be­cause I’ve put all my eggs in one bas­ket.”

De­spite the lure of the World Cup, his de­ci­sion will be based around the Force’s fu­ture.

“I’ve got to wait be­cause I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about stay­ing in West­ern Aus­tralia,” he said. “The rea­son why I moved was to get a change of scenery and ca­ma­raderie with dif­fer­ent guys.

“I loved my time at the Waratahs too, but for some rea­son the sun­set has def­i­nitely at­tracted me. I could see my­self liv­ing there in­def­i­nitely.

“At the same time I feel like I’ve got un­fin­ished busi­ness there in grow­ing the game, around the com­mu­ni­ties there, as much as I wanted to do in Par­ra­matta. It’s only when I went there that I re­alised how big it is.”

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