Statue of Goromaru unveiled in Japan

Date published: December 1 2015

Japan star Ayumu Goromaru has had a life-size Bronze statue of himself unveiled in Tokyo.

Goromaru was an inspiration for Japan as they won three of their four World Cup pool matches at the 2015 tournament in England, including a thrilling upset against South Africa.

Goromaru finished with 58 points to his name and was selected at full-back in the official team of the tournament.

The statue is part of the city's Christmas celebrations and will be removed in January. 

“They’ve reproduced my fingers in real detail,” Goromaru told reporters.

“When I first heard about the statue I kind of wished they had statues of the whole Japan team.”

Goromaru's career will next take him to Brisbane where the 29-year-old will form part of the Reds' Super Rugby squad for the upcoming season – a challenge Goromaru can't wait to tackle.

“From February when I take on the challenge of playing overseas I’ll be starting from zero. I want to show that Japanese players can dream of playing abroad.”