Not retained by Stade Français at the end of his contract in the spring of 2022, Tolu Latu has signed a one-year contract with the Waratahs. The Australian hooker (29 years old, 21 selections) therefore finds the Super Rugby franchise where he played from 2014 to 2019 before flying to Europe. He signed a short-term contract that looks very much like a last chance given to a player who hopes to participate in the 2023 World Cup but whose repeated misconduct, on and off the field, have ended up tiring.
“Latu is a problem, had dropped the president of the Stade Français Hans-Peter Wild in our columns in April. Above all, he has an extra-sports problem with alcohol. He needs to heal, reorganize his life, we can help him, but as with any addiction, Latu is like an elephant in your living room. To solve the problem, you have to take out the elephant and not take out the broken objects. » It therefore remains to be seen whether the Waratah redemption operation will produce its effect.