Matt Toomua will return to Australia at the end of the 2018/2019 season after agreeing a deal with Rugby Australia and Melbourne Rebels beginning in 2019.
The 28-year-old has signed a two and a half year as he looks to gain Wallabies selection for this summer’s Rugby Championship before returning to Leicester Tigers for the remainder of the club’s 2018/19 campaign.
Toomua will link up with the Rebels midway through the Super Rugby season in 2019 and will be firmly in Michael Cheika’s plans for the World Cup in Japan.
The 33 test playmaker joined Leicester Tigers in 2016 and said that the decision to leave the club was made with a “heavy heart” and that he is fully committed to ending his time at Tigers on a high.
“The option to return to Australia was something that did exist within my contract after the 2019 season. In all honesty I thought my time in Australian rugby was finished, and I was very happy in Leicester and contributing to the club here. However the opportunity to return home to my wife and family after almost 3 years apart, and potentially play in another World Cup was too hard to ignore.”
“I am still very much a Tigers player and, if anything, being able to have this all sorted is more positive than to have a decision hanging over my head.
“I absolutely love the club, have become close friends with all of my team-mates and want to go out in a successful way.”
Toomua had suffered injury problems during his first season with the Tigers but, the versatile playmaker starred in his second year at the club at centre and fly-half, resulting in him being voted the 2017/18 Supporters’ Player of the Year.