Rugby

Goromaru to join Toulon - reports

2016-02-15 09:01
Ayumu Goromaru (Getty Images)

Paris - Japan star Ayumu Goromaru will join European champions Toulon next season, according to French press reports on Sunday.

The 29-year-old, who caused a stir in his homeland when opting to join Queensland Reds for the upcoming Super 18 season rather than Japan's first ever participants the Sunwolves, has signed a one-year deal with the option of a second year, according to Canal Plus.

Goromaru rose to fame during last year's World Cup, scoring 58 points as Japan won three of their four matches, including shocking South Africa.

The fullback has scored 708 points in 56 matches for his country and is their first-choice kicker.

He is set to make his Super 18 debut in just under two weeks' time.

When contacted, Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal refused to comment.

Goromaru became a star in Japan as the Brave Blossoms stunned the Springboks 34-32 at the World Cup thanks to a last gasp try, with the fullback scoring 24 of their points in the game.

He will provide competition to Leigh Halfpenny for the No 15 shirt at Toulon, with Canal Plus also claiming the Wales international has agreed to extend his stay in the south of France for an extra season - his current contract is due to expire in June, although there is an option for another year.

Goromaru would be the second Japanese international to play for Toulon after Christian Loamanu, the Tonga-born wing who played there from 2009 to 2012 and currently plys his trade at Leicester in England.

Goromaru made his debut for Japan as a 19-year-old but only established himself as a first choice player in 2012 when current England coach Eddie Jones took over.

After Japan's historic World Cup performance, Goromaru was awarded the 'Ninja Master' award in his homeland.

A bronze statue of him was erected in Tokyo and his name was given to a baby giraffe in a Shizuoka zoo.

Read more on:    ayumu goromaru  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remains defiant, saying he won't resign despite a shambolic two years at the helm. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.