Tolu Latu

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Tolu Latu
Full nameSilalotu Latu
Date of birth (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 31)
Place of birth Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight123 kg (271 lb)
Notable relative(s)Lotu Taukeiaho (cousin)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Current team Stade Français
Amateur team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2013–2018 Sydney University 15 (20)
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2014–2019 Waratahs 31 (5)
2014−2016 Sydney Stars 6 (0)
2016–2019 NSW Country Eagles 9 (10)
2019–2022 Stade Francais 54 (30)
2023 Waratahs 7 (0)
2023– Montpellier 2 (0)
Correct as of 10 July 2023
International career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2012–2013 Australia U20 9 (10)
2016–2021 Australia 21 (10)
Correct as of 2 July 2022

Silalotu Latu (born 23 February 1993) is a Tongan-born Australian Rugby Union player who currently is a hooker for the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby. [1] [2]

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Career

Latu plays Shute Shield rugby for Sydney University and was a member of the premiership-winning side in 2013. His performances there caught the eye of the New South Wales Waratahs who signed him up ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season. [3] [4] Tolu Latu represented the Sydney East Primary Schools Sports Association at the State Championships in 2005.

International career

Latu was a member of the Australia Under 20 side that competed in the 2012 and 2013 IRB Junior World Championships. [5] [6] [7]

Latu made his debut for Australia against Wales in 2016. [8] and played at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but the Wallabies lost to England in the quarter finals, thus knocking them out. [9]

In 2021, Latu was called up to play in the 2021 end-of-year rugby tests, under a new Giteau's law tweak that allowed up to three players from overseas to appear. [10] He was called up alongside former players Will Skelton, Kurtley Beale [11] and Rory Arnold. [12]

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References

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  2. "Tolu Latu itsrugby.co.uk Player Statistics". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
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  4. "Forklift driver Tolu Latu to push NSW Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau after signing on for 2014". Courier Mail. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
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  6. "Curtis Browning to lead Australia's IRB JWC 2013 challenge". Kerikeri rugby. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  7. "Tolu Latu IRB JWC Player Profile". IRB.com. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
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