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Palu wants some luck

Australia number eight Wycliff Palu is hoping to put his recent injury nightmare behind him when he turns out for the Waratahs in Friday's trial match against Tonga at the Sydney Football Stadium.

The imposing 29-year-old tore his anterior cruciate ligament late in the 2010 Super Rugby campaign and missed the entire Test season that year. He returned for the Waratahs last term but was plagued by a chronic hamstring injury that limited him to a handful of appearances before fracturing his shoulder blade playing club rugby.

"I'm not too sure - I'd just be happy to play one [minute] I think," Palu said when asked how much game time he was hoping to get through on Friday.

"The last couple of years hasn't been the best but hopefully I get a good run this week and move on after that.

"I've had a bit more time to get everything right this time around so everything's good at the moment and I'm just trying not to look too much in the past. I'm getting sick of the old 'how's the hammy feeling?' question.

"And I say the same thing every time... and that's probably the reason why I keep getting injured because I keep talking about it."

He added of his fitness levels after a gruelling pre-season: "I'll tell you after the game on Friday but I'm feeling pretty good. This time last year I was coming back from a knee injury and that's a year stronger now so that's a positive.

"(I'm looking forward) just to run out again and throw the ball around instead of running 50s (50m sprints). I couldn't tell you how many 50s I've run over the last two years."


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