Cape Town - Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru has signed a deal
with the Reds for the 2016 Super Rugby season.
The 29-year-old became a household name in Japan and turned
the rugby world on its head last month when he led his nation to a shock 34-32
win over the Springboks - with the match being described as the biggest upset
in Rugby World Cup history.
Goromaru scored 24 points in that match and twice received
man-of-the-match honours at the tournament. He has since been labelled a
'national hero' in Japan after spearheading his nation’s World Cup campaign in
which they secured a record three wins.
The 2016 season will be Goromaru’s first in Super Rugby. He
has spent his entire professional career playing in Japan’s Top League, while
also forging an impressive Test Rugby resume, with 56 Test caps and 708 points
- making him Japan’s all-time leading point-scorer.
Goromaru said he was looking forward to bringing his talents
to Brisbane and testing himself in Super Rugby.
"I have followed the Queensland Reds for many years and
am looking forward to joining the squad and meeting my new team-mates. Following
my experiences at the Rugby World Cup, I’m looking forward to the chance of
proving myself at Super Rugby level,” he told the Reds’ official website.