Goromaru’s time over with Toulon

Yomiuri Shimbun file photo

Japanese fullback Ayumu Goromaru plays in a match as a member of Yamaha in 2015.

AFP-JijiPARIS (AFP-Jiji) — Star Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru will leave Toulon at the end of the season, the French Top 14 side’s outspoken president said on Wednesday, adding: “We don’t want him either.”

“We won’t be keeping him, he doesn’t want to stay,” Mourad Boudjellal told RMC Sport.

Goromaru, 31, was one of the sensations of the 2015 Rugby World Cup but has only appeared a handful of times since making his debut for Toulon in November.

The Japanese international moved to France from Super Rugby side the Reds but has only played in five out of 30 possible matches, the last on March 19.

Goromaru helped Japan win three of their games at the World Cup two years ago, including an astonishing 34-32 shock over two-time champions South Africa in their opening pool outing.

Those heroics earned him a cult following, but at club level he struggled to make an impact in Super Rugby or again at Toulon since his arrival on a one-year deal last summer.


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