Palu eyeing Wallabies return

Date published: February 17 2016

Waratahs number eight Wycliff Palu would still like to represent Australia in the Test arena, if given the chance again.

Palu's revelation is in contrast to what he said after suffering a tournament ending hamstring injury in Australia's clash with Uruguay at the Rugby World Cup last year.

At the time he was quoted as saying: "If (Wallabies coach Michael Cheika) was to give me a call and say come and play another Bledisloe Cup … I'd probably be lucky to even get out of bed."

But Palu has now made a U-turn on that decision, saying he would play for his country again.

"If they came knocking, I'd definitely have another crack," Palu told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It comes down to form and then if you play well enough you get the honour to run out for the Wallabies. 

"I'm not looking too far ahead, I'm just looking to have a good season here and whatever happens after that happens." 

The 33-year-old's RWC injury also forced him to cancel his stint in Japan with Toyota Verblitz. And Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson has now backed the 57-Test veteran to get back into the Wallabies set-up.

"It's great as an older player to still have that drive and determination to want to play for Australia," said Gibson. 

"We want to give him every opportunity to make sure he goes good and achieves his goals."