Palu returns to Waratahs


NSW Waratahs have re-signed veteran Wycliff Palu and Matt Lucas, the Super Rugby side announced on Monday.

Palu was expected to make the move to Japan after featuring in Australia's 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign but a hamstring injury suffered at the tournament saw him miss most of the Japanese Top League season.

Instead, the 33-year-old - a 121-cap veteran with the Waratahs - has now signed on for the 2016 season, while Lucas, who first joined the team in 2013, has penned a two-year deal.

"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 as the Waratahs confirmed their 38-man squad.

"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. 

"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 Waratahs open the Super Rugby season at home to the Queensland Reds on February 27.