Polota-Nau reveals Tigers lure

03 January 2018 22:25:03 GMTPlus11

Australian hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau says that the historical success of Leicester Tigers convinced him to join the Midlanders.

The Wallaby front-rower had been looking for a club since the decision was made to cut Western Force from Super Rugby last year.

Although there were no shortage of suitors for the 32-year-old, Polota-Nau decided that Welford Road was the best place to go.

"I actually asked the Tigers if I could come over, because at the time I was at Western Force and they were just getting the axe," he said.

"By then all the franchises in Australia were filled, but I didn't mind trying my luck and plying my trade overseas.

"There were a couple of clubs in France, but what won me over was the history of Leicester and how they approach every season, as well as the quality of the squad.

"Playing against some of the boys, against England in the autumn series, gave an understanding of how they are here; there was no mucking around."

Having always played in the southern hemisphere before making the move to the Tigers, Polota-Nau admitted that he has to adapt to the differences in styles.

He added: "The biggest difference is how they can control the momentum up in the northern hemisphere. Playing against Munster gave me a realisation of how well drilled they were in terms of executing and winning penalties. It was their objective and they did that really well.

"Hopefully I can apply a bit of what I know but I've also got to catch up to the system that's already been established here."

Leicester are 34.00 to win the Aviva Premiership Grand Final, while Exeter are 2.37 to retain their title.

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