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White signs Brumbies wing Tomane for Montpellier

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Former Brumbies and Sharks Super Rugby coach Jake White has signed Wallabies winger Joe Tomane at French Club Montpellier.

White’s new signing was orginally reported by the French media and was later confirmed by the Brumbies.

When Tomane joins Montpellier he will be playing on the opposite wing to Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo who will also join the club next season.

Tomane is working his way back from injury and has scored six tries from eight games this season and if he does not return this week to face the Blues is almost certain to return next week to face the Force.

Tomane has won 17 caps for the Wallabies and missed all three of last month’s Tests against England.

“I have decided to leave the Brumbies at the end of this season to take up a contract offer in France, with Top 14 side Montpellier,” said Tomane.

“It was a very difficult decision to make, but I feel the time is right to challenge myself and play rugby in a different environment.”

“It is also an opportunity to live abroad and do what I love most, play Rugby.”

“I have given my all to Australian Rugby and have been lucky enough to represent the Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup, which is every young players dream growing up.”

“I hope that the possibility of returning to the Wallabies in the future is something that could happen, however right now my focus is doing everything I can to help the Brumbies in 2016 before my move to France.”

Brumbies interim CEO, Phil Thomson, said while it is disappointing to be losing a player of Tomane’s quality, the club understands that it was an opportunity for Joe and his young family that was too good to refuse.

“Joe is a talented player and someone who has made a great contribution to the Brumbies over the past five years,” Thomson said.

“His contributions to this club and the wider-Canberra community have made him one of the most popular players with fans who I’m sure will be sad to see him go.

“He has put his heart and soul into the Brumbies and we are very proud of his achievements. We hope that this won’t be last we see of Joe in Australian Rugby.”

Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham said the club would’ve loved to have held onto Tomane who scored six tries from his opening eight Super Rugby matches in 2016.

“Joe was having a great year before he injured his knee,” Larkham said.

“He was definitely in the mix for Wallabies selection for the England series before the injury, which is unfortunate because I know how much it means to him to represent his country.

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