Palu eyes World Cup place
Number eight Wycliff Palu has turned down lucrative overseas deals to attempt to win next year's rugby World Cup with Australia.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 09/04/10 8:39am
Waratahs No.8 Wycliff Palu has turned down lucrative overseas deals to attempt to win next year's rugby World Cup with Australia, the ARU have announced.
The 27-year-old had been targeted by clubs in Japan and Europe but has instead chosen to continue his Test career by extending his contracts with the ARU and the New South Wales franchise until 2012.
Palu admits his decision to remain in Australia had been largely based on Wallabies' World Cup prospects next year.
"I like the way this Wallabies team is moving forward under (coach) Robbie Deans," said Palu.
"It had a big influence on my decision to stay in Australia.
"I definitely want to play at the World Cup next year because I think we're in with a real chance. If I didn't believe that I probably would have left.
"But the World Cup is massive, and when I look back on my career one day I want to do it with no regrets.
"If I went overseas at the end of this year it might have been something I ended up regretting."
Super 14 league leaders Waratahs will take on Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.
The ACT Brumbies, meanwhile, have re-signed inside backs Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano, also until 2012.
"It's a great result to have two of the country's leading young talent returning to the side for the next two years," Brumbies coach Andy Friend told the club's official website.