Tomane to swap Brumbies for Montpellier


Australia international and Brumbies wing Joe Tomane will move to Montpellier at the end of the Super Rugby season.

Tomane has scored 25 tries in 68 matches for Brumbies since making his debut after crossing codes in 2012.

The 26-year-old, who touched down six times in his first eight appearances this season, is looking forward to the experience of playing abroad.

"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," Tomane wrote in an open letter to fans published on Brumbies' official website.

"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."

Tomane was part of the Australia squad for the Rugby World Cup last year but missed out on a place in the group for last month's Test series against England due to a medial knee ligament injury.

With just 17 prior caps for the Wallabies, the 26-year-old's move to France makes him ineligible for international duty.

However, he still harbours an ambition to represent Australia later in his career.

"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," added Tomane.

"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."