Three-year deal for Tahs hooker

Date published: September 18 2015

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Hooker Tolu Latu has committed to the Waratahs until the end of 2018, signing a three-year contract extension.

Latu, who has played all of his 28 Super Rugby matches with the Waratahs, said he was pleased to be able to continue his career in his home state.

"I’m really happy to be able to stay here with the Waratahs, it’s an exciting time to be at the club," said Latu.

"It will be great to play under Daryl as Head Coach, and I’m really looking forward to working with him and Cam Blades in the coming seasons.

"I’ve had a great start to my career with NSW, so it makes sense for me to continue on with my progress as a professional player here."

Tongan born Latu made his debut for the Waratahs in 2014 against the Force, becoming Waratah number 1614. He has gone on to play a key role in the NSW front row, sharing the position with Tatafu Polota-Nau.

NSW Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson said retaining Latu was a key element in maintaining depth in the Waratahs’ front row stocks.

"Tolu has been an important member of the forwards over the past two seasons, and I think he really stepped up in 2015 in particular," Gibson said.

"The competition he has developed with Tatafu for a starting position is exactly what we’re after within the squad, making sure that everyone is earning the right to play each game and bringing the best out in each other.
"He’s really taken every opportunity that was presented to him, and shown how hungry he is for success."

NSW Waratahs Assistant Coach (Forwards) Cam Blades said that Latu showed signs of being an exceptional talent.

"He is certainly one of the best young forwards in the country, and has shown a lot of improvement in his technical skills over the past few seasons," Blades said.

"I’m really impressed with how he works and we will undoubtedly see some more great football from him over the next three seasons."

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