Palu next to quit Wallabies?

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Palu next to quit Wallabies?

According to The Australian, Wycliff Palu could be the next Wallabies player to retire from Test rugby.

It has been reported that Palu has received lucrative offers from Japan and France, which could steer the 28-year-old away from extending his current contract with the ARU and Waratahs that expires this season.

This will be a big blow for the Wallabies heading into the 2011 World Cup as veteran George Smith announced his retirement last week.

Waratahs head coach Chris Hickey said the Sydney franchise will do everything possible to keep Palu in Australia.

‘Cliffy’s form on the Wallabies’ tour last year indicates how important he is to us,’ Hickey said.

‘He found good form on tour and he has been in good form for us in the [Super 14] trials. He is one of the strongest ball carriers in Australian rugby. We are speaking to Cliffy about his future and he’ll make a decision in a short period of time.’

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