Waratahs pair re-sign
Australia forwards Wycliff Palu and Dean Mumm have re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union and the Waratahs until the end of 2012.
Palu, who is on the comeback trail from a knee injury that saw him miss the entire 2010 Test season, says his desire to be a part of a promising era for the Wallabies was behind his decision to reject a lucrative offer to join Japanese rugby.
"I'm a bit like all of the other guys who have re-signed recently," Palu said. "I'm really enjoying my rugby, at both state level and with the Wallabies, and want to keep going with it."
He added: "A lot of work has gone in over the last few years to build the Wallabies up, and you can sense that the team is on the up again and that some good times are ahead.
"It won't be easy but I would like to see where things lead. I'm not alone in feeling that way."
Mumm, who is one of 28 players to earn their Test cap in the Robbie Deans era after debuting against Ireland in 2008, echoed Palu's sentiments.
"Playing for the Wallabies was a massive honour when I first had the opportunity, and the aspiration to wear the national jersey remains," Mumm said.
"Obviously I started with the Wallabies at a time where there was a fair bit of change going on with a new coach, new ideas and an influx of new personnel but, while there have been a few bumps in terms of our performance, the consistency is coming.
"We saw that through the performances at the back end of the Tri Nations last year, and then on the spring tour.
"Those games; and especially the matches against South Africa in Bloemfontein, New Zealand in Hong Kong and France in Paris are great reference points for us heading into this year. They showed what the team is capable of, and also where we might get to if we can keep building on what we have created so far."