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Reports: Japanese Cult Hero Goromaru Set For Summer Move To Toulon

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Ayumu Goromaru of Japan lines up a penalty during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan at the Brighton Community Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Reports have indicated this week that Japanese rugby superstar Ayumu Goromaru is on the verge of signing a one year deal with three times European Champions Toulon.

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11:  Ayumu Goromaru of Japan prepares to kick during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between USA and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Japan’s Kyodo News has reported that Goromaru has already reached a basic agreement with the French powerhouse with the final deal to be announced come the end of the month.

These revelations come in the light of Goromaru having disclaimed such reports in February as well as current club the Queensland Reds dismissing the likelihood of such a deal. Goromaru’s parent club Yamaha Jubilo has, as of yet, been unavailable for comment.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Ayumu Goromaru of Japan dives over the score his team's second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan at the Brighton Community Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Brighton, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

National hero Goromaru attained his cult status following Japan’s historic victory over the Springboks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup where the full-back was instrumental in his teams triumph scoring 24 of his sides 34 points in that stunning upset. Such is Goromaru’s profile in Japan that he has had a life-sized bronze statue and had a baby giraffe named after him, as well as being given the title “Master of Ninjas”.

Having turned down an offer from Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves, Goromaru signed a deal with the Reds, reportedly becoming the best paid player in the world. Goromaru has brought a wealth of success to the Australian outfit with merchandising, jersey sales and memberships from Japanese fans such is the scale of his popularity.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27:  Ayumu Goromaru of the Reds watches from the sideline during the round five Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

However, Goromaru’s on field escapades have not been so successful as the full-back’s form has warranted him a place on the bench for the majority of the season thus far as he has failed to deliver from the boot and has constantly been outshone by teammate Karmichael Hunt.

Goromaru played the full eighty minutes for Queensland last Saturday in his sides 27-14 loss to the Hurricanes and whether he lines out in this weekends game against the Sunwolves, in what surely the Reds will be eyeing as their third win of the campaign, remains to be seen.

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