Tuesday’s rugby news has Tatafu Polota-Nau signing with the Western Force, Will Genia joins Wallaby squad, second rowers improving and injuries for Springboks and All Blacks.
TPN Signs with Force
Wallaby Tatafu Polota-Nau has signed a one year deal with the Western Force for 2017.
Polota-Nau is currently recovering from a broken arm, an injury which affected his chances of going overseas.
“I’m really looking forward to getting across to the west and joining the Force,” said Polota-Nau.
“(New Head Coach) Dave Wessels is very impressive and there is a really good environment within the playing group with some great young talent coming through and really good leaders at the club like Hodgo (Matt Hodgson) and the new Wallabies Dane Haylett-Petty and Adam Coleman.”
Genia Joins Squad
Will Genia has joined the Wallabies squad ahead of their match with Scotland this weekend.
Genia has been released from French club Stade Francais for the next three Tests which all fall under the international eligibility window, which gives national teams priority access to their players.
His availability for the Wallabies last Spring tour match against England on December 4 is unclear as it falls outside the test window.
Genia’s duties with Stade Francais finished with a 37-19 loss to Bordeaux on the weekend.
Second Rowers Improving
After standout game’s from Rory Arnold and Adam Coleman against Wales, Coleman says they are taking their opportunities whilst continuing to improve.
“We’re really enjoying the opportunity to run the ball and run those hard lines and set up a platform for our shape and hopefully off the back of that we’ll capitalize on those opportunities,” Coleman said.
“We love to be physical, we both love to run the ball and it’s something we work very hard on this week.
“Last game against the All Blacks, our shape wasn’t that great so it’s something we’ve worked very hard on this week and I thought we improved [against Wales] but we’ll look forward to the next game to improving any more.”
Injuries for AB’s, Springboks
Springbok centre Jesse Kriel has been ruled out for the rest of South Africa’s Spring tour after injuring his lower leg against the Barbarians.
Kriel has been replaced by Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg.
Meanwhile, All Blacks centre George Moala has returned to New Zealand after suffering an elbow injury. His replacement is Seta Tamanivalu who was already in England with the Barbarians squad.
Ryan Crotty will remain with the All Blacks squad as he attempts to recover from a hamstring strain.