The Waratahs have announced the signing of hooker Tolu Latu on a single-season contract for 2023.
Latu returns from France, where he played for Stade Francais since his departure from Australian soil after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The hooker has been capped on 21 occasions for the Wallabies, of which his last appearances came at the end of last year on Australia’s northern hemisphere tour.
The 29-year-old had come through the ranks at the Waratahs after being a Canterbury Junior and featuring for Sydney University before he notched up 55 appearances for the New South Wales side.
Latu is delighted to return home and play where his career began. He has previously worked with current head coach Darren Coleman at the New South Wales Country Eagles in the National Rugby Championship.
“I’m so excited to be going back to where it all started for me,” Latu said.
“Sydney is, and always will be my home, and I’m so fortunate to be given the opportunity to represent the Waratahs once again.
“I can’t wait to get started.”
Coleman was happy with his new acquisition and looked forward to seeing the “damaging” hooker running out for the Waratahs.
“We’ve all seen when he’s on point there are not many more damaging hookers in world rugby,” Coleman said.
“I’ve coached Tolu twice before in NRC and he was always a positive team member.
“We will be working hard to iron out some of his weaknesses and I believe he’ll not only get swept up in our positive team culture but add to it over time.
“He’s a proud Waratah champion who is very motivated to play a part in getting the organisation back to its winning ways.”
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