Goromaru unveiled by Toulon

Date published: June 21 2016

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Japan full-back Ayumu Goromaru has been unveiled by Toulon following confirmation of him joining the club earlier this month.

Goromaru will head to France after finishing the 2016 Super Rugby season with the Reds.

The 30-year-old was a major star in last year's Rugby World Cup, being named in the team of the tournament. Goromaru has won 56 caps for Japan and scored over 700 Test points since making his international debut back in 2005.

"There's certainly a market in Asia… but it's his qualities as a player that we took into account, his qualities as a player and a kicker," said Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal.

"It will be a duet with Leigh Halfpenny at full-back given that Leigh will be away during the Six Nations and November Tests.

"We hope that Ayumu will become the first Japanese player to win a major title in Europe."

Goromaru himself admitted it was impossible to turn down the chance to play for the three-time European champions.

"There was no reason not to come here. There isn't another club like Toulon in the world," he explained.

"The bar here is set high, but the challenge is worth it."

And despite a stop-start season with the Reds, where his recruitment has been criticsed, Goromaru feels the experience in Brisbane has been a positive one and has also helped prepare for the next step in France, a country which he already feels connected to after playing under Japan assistant coach Marc del Maso at the World Cup.

He explained: "When I was playing in Japan, I was guaranteed to start at full-back. In Australia with the Reds, there's more competition and they don't know me as well. But in that environment the competition for places has also been refreshing for me. I'm looking forward to the challenge here also."

"Thanks to working with Marc de Maso, I already feel close to France. I don't know about a lot about daily life here, but I will learn little by little."

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