Wycliff Palu
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Full name Wycliff L. Palu
Born July 27, 1982, Sydney, NSW
Current age 33 years 198 days
Major teams New South Wales Waratahs, Australia
Position Back-row
Height 6 ft 4 in
Weight 264 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2006-2015 57 50 7 5 1 0 0 0 34 19 4 63.15
Bledisloe Cup 2006-2015 12 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 2 25.00
IRB Rugby World Cup 2007-2015 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 71.42
The Rugby Championship 2006-2014 17 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 10 1 38.23

Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jun 17, 2006 match details
Last Test Australia v Uruguay at Birmingham, Sep 27, 2015 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list

A huge ball-carrying presence, Wycliff Palu added a different dimension to the Australia back-row following his debut against England in June 2006. Palu made his Super Rugby bow for the Waratahs in 2005, but an injury curse that has affected him at points throughout his career prevented him from kicking on for further honours. After another bout of injury in 2006 he forced his way in to the reckoning for the Australia squad and was duly rewarded.

He was included in the Australia squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, making four appearances during the tournament. Under the coaching of Robbie Deans he has become a regular fixture on the international landscape, playing a full part in the 2008 Tri-Nations and winning caps against England, Italy and France on the end of season tour.

A hand injury ruled Palu out of contention following the 2009 Super 14 and he missed Tests against France and Italy, but following his return to fitness he was restored to the Australia back-row for the Tri-Nations opener against New Zealand in Auckland.

Following a disappoitning tournament, Palu was again in action as the Wallabies attempted a Grand Slam tour in November that year. Their attempt was wrecked by a draw with Ireland and loss to Scotland. In 2010, Palu re-signed with the ARU and Waratahs until the 2011 World Cup.

However, Palu's 2011 Super Rugby campaign was disrupted through injury having picked up a long-term shoulder injury which was soon followed by a knee injury. Palu is due to play for the Australian Barbarians in a Test against Canada on August 26 in a bid to prove his fitness to Wallabies coach Deans. Despite having not played for the Wallabies since November 2009, Palu will go to the World Cup in their 30-man squad.

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Wycliff Palu re-signs one-year deal with Waratahs (Jan 11, 2016) Wallabies forwards Will Skelton, Wycliff Palu ruled out of Rugby World Cup: reports (Sep 29, 2015) Wallabies opensides David Pocock, Michael Hooper likely to start as back-row tandem (Sep 17, 2015) Wallabies comfortable winners after improved performance in second half at Soldier Field (Sep 5, 2015) Palu welcomes Pocock challenge at No.8 (Aug 27, 2015) Wycliff Palu news and articles (105) »
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Apr 18, 2015
The Waratahs' Wycliff Palu rumbles forward
The Waratahs' Wycliff Palu rumbles forward
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Jul 12, 2014
New South Wales Waratahs' Wycliff Palu on the rampage
New South Wales Waratahs' Wycliff Palu on the rampage
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Jun 21, 2014
Australia's Wycliff Palu runs the ball
Australia's Wycliff Palu runs the ball
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Feb 23, 2014
The Waratahs' Wycliff Palu busts a tackle from Brynard Stander
The Waratahs' Wycliff Palu busts a tackle from Brynard Stander
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