Goromaru aims to prove himself at Reds

Date published: November 5 2015

Japan full-back Ayumu Goromaru wants to prove himself on the world stage after he signed for the Reds in Super Rugby.

The 29-year-old was one of the stand-out performers at the World Cup, scoring a crucial try against South Africa in the Brave Blossoms' historic victory in Brighton, while he also kicked all the points for Japan.

As a result he earned a contract with the Reds, who struggled from the kicking tee last season and were keen to bring in a recognised goal-kicker.

"I'll do my best to show everyone in Japan that I can compete on the world stage," said Goromaru, who will head to Australia after the Top League season. 

"I will be starting from zero and want to enjoy each and every challenge.

"I will be in an environment where I can play high level rugby. The last four years of training have been the hardest in the world."

"My family can come with me (to Australia) and it will be a good experience for my children."

Reds executive general manager Daniel Herbert explained that Goromaru's World Cup performances and goal-kicking were key to his signing.

"Ayumu has been regarded by many observers as one of the stand-out fullbacks of the Rugby World Cup but as importantly, he has been performing at a consistently high level for Yamaha Jubilo in the Japan League for many years," he said.

"His recent goal-kicking percentage sits at or above 80 percent – an area in which the Reds are looking to improve in 2016. He is a quality player who will add depth to our outside backs for 2016."