Sydney - Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has
revealed that veteran backrow Wycliff Palu has retired from international
rugby, as he prepares for a Japanese season.
Palu wasn't even supposed to be playing in
Australia this season, after signing a two-year deal with Japanese top League
side Toyota Verblitz, but injury brought him back to the Waratahs and gave him
the chance to add another Test to his Wallabies tally.
The 34-year-old, who played in 58 Tests,
has had a rollercoaster run with injury in recent years, with a hamstring
problem ending his 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign prematurely, before his
eventual return to Super Rugby for a Waratahs swansong this season.
He told Cheika of his decision to retire in
the wake of the 3-0 England series loss, happy to keep the decision out of the
Cheika was quick to laud the number eight
for his service to the Wallabies, in revealing the news on Friday.
"He came and spoke to me after the
series on him moving on and retiring from international rugby," he told
the Australian Rugby Union's official website.
"He doesn’t want any noise about this
"He's one of the greatest servants we
have, he's done so much for Australian rugby, he shouldn’t be shifting out the
side door to Japan.
"He’s been one of the great players
I've coached not only because of the way he plays the game but his attitude
towards the team and what he does for the team, all class and always