Concussion could force Polota-Nau to retire

Waratahs and Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has almost certainly been ruled out of this weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Western Force and is considering retirement.

Polota-Nau has a history of suffering concussions and was forced to leave the field early in the Waratahs victory over the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.

The Wallabies hooker says that if it happens again he will consider retiring from playing rugby or take a long break from the game.

Twenty-nine-year-old Polota-Nau has played 50 tests for the Wallabies but has been sidelined this week with potentially the twelfth concussion in his career.

The hooker says that with the Rugby World Cup just around the corner his latest head knock is a big concern but he will have to put his welfare first and his career second.

“At the end of the day it will come down to taking those right precautions, because if I do, for instance, get another head knock, then I will probably have to consider either taking a long stint off or even hanging up the boots,” Polota-Nau told AAP.

“There’s more to life than just rugby, but at the same time I still feel like I’ve got unfinished business with rugby itself.”

Polota-Nau will have to follow concussion protocols before being cleared to play.

“With my previous one (head knock) the symptoms were delayed, whereas I’m not too sure if they are going to be delayed [this time],” Polota-Nau said.

“But at the same time I’m feeling great. I actually wish we could play the Friday game again. If I’m right, I’m right if I’m not, then I’m not. I think the great thing with not just the Waratahs, but the ARU as well, are really caring about my welfare.”

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