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    Japanese star Goromaru to join Toulon

    AFP
    February 15, 2016, 4:18 am


    Paris (AFP) - 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 full-back 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 by AFP, 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 full-back 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.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sp...oulon-reports/

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    So that's AFTER the super rugby season right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    So that's AFTER the super rugby season right?
    What! NO! Toulon takes ze rugby players when ever we like non? If you don not release zees players we will sue the ARU for daring to exist! We fart in your general direction you silly Australian Ken-Nickets!
    Now go away or I will taunt you again with my outrageous accent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    So that's AFTER the super rugby season right?
    Thats my take on it.

    Interesting to see how long it took this guy to sum up how much he wanted to be coached by little Dick!

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    It says that he'll join Toulon "next season", so that's presumably August 2016, a fortnight after the Super Rugby final.

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    Reds are calling bullshit

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    What, like they did with JOC and QC

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Reds are calling bullshit
    Well, Mourad Boudjellal has form in planting stories about signing players to contracts. Where is Quade plying his trade these days?

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    Yeah, reds v Toulon again.
    Toulon has the inside running based on the past history

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Yeah, reds v Toulon again.
    Toulon has the inside running based on the past history
    Considering it sounds like the Reds weren't planning to negotiate until mid-year. His Japanese club might influence his decision - they don't pay the local guys anywhere near as much as the foreigners but the concept of 'team' seems to work differently over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    So that's AFTER the super rugby season right?
    I suppose if he's with the Reds, he'll be finished up by the 16th July?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chibi View Post
    I suppose if he's with the Reds, he'll be finished up by the 16th July?!
    So about 6 weeks after Graham then?

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