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Wycliff Palu learns from concussion woes
February 4, 2015
Australian conference tougher than ever

Wycliff Palu has learned the hard way to speak up if he feels unwell, after the 54-Test veteran missed Australia's last eight fixtures of 2014 due to lingering concussion issues following a head knock sustained against South Africa in Perth in September.

Palu, who has a long history of knee, shoulder and hamstring injuries, missed the second half of Australia's Rugby Championship campaign and the November tour of Europe because he "had a bit of concussion".

New South Wales Waratahs' Wycliff Palu on the rampage, Queensland Reds v New South Wales Waratahs, Super Rugby, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, July 12, 2014
New South Wales Waratahs' Wycliff Palu is a damaging ball runner © Getty Images

"But that's all good now, the head is all cleared. I guess you've just got to speak up when you're not feeling the best. Last year I probably didn't speak up early enough."

Palu now is fully fit after a full pre-season, and he was the only member of the Waratahs' Super Rugby final-winning side to start their first trial of the year which consisted of three 30-minute games against Sydney club teams last weekend. He didn't need long to make an impact, crashing over for a try in the opening minutes against Randwick and grabbing another five-pointer later.

"I missed a lot of rugby at the back end of last season so I think for me it was good to get to get that first game out of the way and to get a run," he said.

Palu remains one of Australia's best ball carriers, a genuine X-factor player who can damage an opposition, but he's taking a short-term approach to his prospects of playing at a third World Cup looms large later in the year, Palu is taking a shorter-term approach.

"I'm just trying to break up the season into a few blocks, three-games blocks," Palu said. "At my age, I can't think too far ahead. So I'll just try to take the next few games first and then I'll go from there."


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