Leinster have bolstered their attacking options for next season with the announcement that Joe Tomane who has 17 caps for Australia will join the club on a two year deal.
Tomane, who is 28, is versatile by means of playing a number of positions, he indeed played all across the back line for Montpelier in the Top 14 this season. Speaking about the new signing, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen said that Tomane’s experience of playing in the Australian rugby league as well as the Top 14 will be massive coup for the reigning European Champions. He said ”I hope that we will all learn from some of the experiences that Joe has had in both codes of rugby”. Cullen went on further to say that Tomane has played with great players and played under great coaches. he said “He has played with some great players and played under some great coaches too so he will add greatly in terms of continuing to develop Leinster’s young players.
Cullen said the main reasoning behind the signing of Tomane was his enthusiasm to play with Leinster. He said speaking about this “One of the main factors in signing Joe has been the enthusiasm he has shown in looking to join the club. Tomane played rugby league with Melbourne Storm and the Gold Coast Titans from 2008, however he switched to rugby union in 2011 where he played 68 times for the Brumbies scoring 25 tries. He went to make his debut in 2012 for Australia, before moving to Montpelier in 2016. Speaking about his new club Tomane said ”I am extremely grateful and blessed to have this opportunity to join Leinster for the next two seasons,” He went on further to say he looking forward to working with Leo Cullen and Stuart Lancaster, “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to be coached by Leo, Stuart (Lancaster) and to train and play alongside world class athletes.
He went on to say that he is looking forward to meeting all the supporters and he is looking to create and share special moments with them in the year ahead, “Leinster is one of the premier rugby clubs in the world with a rich culture and I will do everything I can to uphold the standards that the past and present players have laid out.
“I hope to have a positive impact on the Leinster community and I can’t wait to meet all the supporters and share many special moments with you all.”