The Wallabies will lose yet another international this summer.
In the initial months after Michael Cheika took over as Wallabies coach, a feel good factor quickly consumed Australian rugby.
Reports of boozy nights out were replaced by stories of arduous sessions on the training field. The players responded, claiming hard fought victories over South Africa and New Zealand on their way to lifting the Rugby Championship.
Although they ultimately lost out on a Bledisloe Cup, they Wallabies came into the World Cup in confident mood.
A bullish scrummaging performance against England, followed by a strong defensive display against Wales, served to illustrate the type of culture Cheika was fostering in the Wallabies changing room.
Even after their defeat to New Zealand in the final, Australia seemed to be on an upward trajectory. However since then, the Wallabies have struggled to keep hold of some of their key players.
This is particularly the case at inside centre, where Kurtley Beale and Matt Toomua announced their decision to join Wasps and Leicester Tigers respectively.
Although Cheika and the ARU have managed to lure Sekope Kepu, Leroy Houston and Taqele Naiyaravoro back to Super Rugby, Beale and Toomua will join players such as Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley Cooper, James Horwill and Drew Mitchell in Europe next season.
This list looks to have grown, after Montpellier announced the capture of Joe Tomane on their website.
While Fox News have stressed that neither the ARU or Brumbies have yet to formally declare Tomane will leave for France, they did not contradict Montpellier’s statement.
Although Tomane may not have been a regular starter for Australia since making his debut in 2012, his departure at 26 years of age, will impact upon the dept of talent available to Cheika.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena