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Brumbies’ Tomane ruled out for the Super Rugby season



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Brumbies winger Joe Tomane has been ruled out of the remainder of the Super Rugby season due to a bone fracture in his lower leg.

Tomane has recently agreed to join former Brumbies coach Jake White at Montpellier so the injury means he has already played his last match for the Brumbies.

Tomane has not played for the Brumbies since April 24 due to a knee injury and was working his way back to full fitness with the Brumbies.

On Saturday Tomane was playing club rugby in his his first match back from the knee injury he suffered against the Crusaders in round nine.

Early in the second half, a low tackle caught the 26-year old just below his injured knee, forcing Tomane from the field.

The previously injured medial ligament in his knee was not damaged in the tackle.

X-rays have revealed a fracture to the tibia bone in his lower leg and Tomane is expected to be out of all Rugby action for up to eight weeks.

Tomane said he is devastated to be leaving the Brumbies in this fashion before linking with Montpellier in France next season.

“This is a tough pill to swallow, there’s no doubt,” Tomane said.

“Unfortunately these things happen in Rugby and I won’t get to farewell everyone the way I would’ve liked, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

“The Brumbies mean the world to me and I’ll now get to join our fans in cheering the boys on for the rest of the season.

“I still believe this team has what it takes to win the title this year, and I’ll be doing everything I can to help out the players, in whatever way I can.

“I cannot speak highly enough of how much I admire the players I have played alongside over the past five years.

“Thank you Brumbies fans for everything you have done to make my time with this club so memorable.”

Brumbies interim CEO Phil Thomson said everyone at the club is upset that Tomane’s final season with the club before relocating to France has ended in injury.

“Joe is a huge part of this club both on and off the field,” Thomson said.

“From pushing himself at training every day, to the time he spends with fans after matches and at community events, he has been a great ambassador for the Brumbies and for Rugby.

“While everyone is devastated for Joe’s season to end this way, we know he has a huge future with the game and hope to one day see him again in Australian Rugby.

“We know Joe will be doing everything he can to support the playing group over the final weeks of the competition, starting with this Saturday’s match against the Force.”

Joe Tomane finishes his five seasons with the Brumbies with 25 tries from his 68 career matches. He has represented the Wallabies 17 times and scored five test tries since his debut season in 2012.

Joe Tomane
DOB: 11/2/1990
Position: Wing
Height: 188cm
Weight: 102kg
Born: Palmerston North, New Zealand
School: (St Josephs) Nudgee College, QLD

Brumby Number: 146
Super Rugby Debut: 2012 v Force, Canberra
Super Rugby Caps: 68
Super Rugby Points: 125 (25 tries)
ACT Club: Uni-Norths Owls
Test Debut: 2012 v Scotland, Newcastle
Test Caps: 17; 25 points (5 tries)

The Brumbies are currently 9/1 to win the Super Rugby title.

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