Following the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Ayumu Goromaru was one of the hottest properties in rugby union. The Japanese fullback had just guided his country to an historic campaign in which they recorded wins over South Africa, Samoa and USA.
When it comes to snapping up hot properties, there is nobody better than French giants Toulon.
The Top 14 outfit won the race to Goromaru’s signature, making him the highest-paid player in the world.
With Leigh Halfpenny and James O’Connor amongst Toulon’s fullbacks, it was always going to be difficult for the Japanese star to break into the side. This suggests that the move may have been motivated by factors other than on-field strategy.
— Rich Freeman (@FreemanrugbyJPN) April 12, 2017
According to Midi Olympique, the club have not deemed his rare performances satisfactory, and Goromaru announced to the Japanese media that he will be departing the club.
At 31, Goromaru’s best days may be behind him, but a move to a high-profile club may still be on the cards, after his Super Rugby stint with the Queensland Reds last year.
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