Ayumu Goromaru was reportedly on the verge of joining Toulon.
Earlier this week, Canal + announced that Japanese World Cup star, Ayumu Goromaru, had agreed to join Toulon after the conclusion of the Super Rugby season.
Given that such a move had been rumoured for some time, it did not come too much of a surprise when the French TV channel declared that Goromaru had signed a two year contract with the Top 14 club.
However it now appears that Canal + got ahead of themselves, after a Queensland Reds spokesman told Fox News that such reports were ‘not true’.
Indeed, although Australia’s ABC News have reported that ‘Goromaru is no doubt a target of Toulon’s millionaire owner Mourad Boudjellal’, they believe that both the full back and the Reds ‘have decided they will discuss the possibility of extending that deal later in the year once he has had some match time under his belt in Super Rugby’.
Although Toulon are one of the few clubs with the financial power to lure the Japanese star away from the Reds, Fox were quick to point out that remaining in Australia ‘is a better fit for Goromaru to continue playing with his long-time Japanese club Yamaha Jubilo and satisfying his big-money sponsors in his homeland’.
Therefore it would now appear far more likely that the full back will extend his stay at the Reds rather than move to France.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena