Tatafu Polota-Nau added to Australia squad for autumn Tests

Tatafu Polota-Nau added to Australia squad for autumn Tests as Michael Cheika opts for experience over youth

  • Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau to join the 32-man squad ahead of Test against Wales
  • Jed Holloway and Brandon Paenga-Amosa drop out after training in Japan
  • Uncapped Isi Naisarani and Rob Valetini travel as development players

Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has been drafted into Australia’s squad for the Wallabies’ three-Test tour of Wales, Italy and England this month.

The Leicester front-rower, who played his last Test against Argentina on the Gold Coast in September, will hook up with the 32-man squad in Wales ahead of the Test at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on November 10.

New South Wales Waratahs lock Jed Holloway and Queensland hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa will return to Australia after training with Michael Cheika’s Wallabies at their World Cup base in Japan.

Tatafu Polota-Nau will be part of the 32-man Australia squad for their autumn Test series

Tatafu Polota-Nau will be part of the 32-man Australia squad for their autumn Test series

Cheika has also picked a pair of uncapped loose forwards to travel with the squad as development players in Fiji-born Melbourne Rebel Isi Naisarani and ACT Brumbies’ Rob Valetini.

‘Naisarani will become eligible for Australia in April next year, and has already been touted as a future Wallaby backrower after several bruising displays in … Super Rugby and the National Rugby Championship,’ the team said.

Following Wales, the Wallabies, who lost their last match 37-20 to the All Blacks in Yokohama last Saturday, wrap up their season with Tests against Italy in Padua and England at Twickenham.

Michael Cheika (L) of the Wallabies leaves the field after Australia's defeat by New Zealand

Michael Cheika (L) of the Wallabies leaves the field after Australia’s defeat by New Zealand

AUSTRALIA SQUAD IN FULL 

Forwards – Jermaine Ainsley, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Folau Faingaa, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (captain), Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, David Pocock, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Pete Samu, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou

Backs – Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Jake Gordon, Dane Haylett-Petty, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Jack Maddocks, Sefa Naivalu, Jordan Petaia, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua

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