Tomane extends Brumbies stay
Brumbies wing Joe Tomane is the latest player to re-commit to Australian rugby by signing a new deal with theCanberra-based franchise until 2015.
Tomane has impressed in the Brumbies' march to the Super Rugby final and has done well off the replacements bench in their recent play-off victories over the Cheetahs and Bulls.
He also featured in two Tests for the Wallabies in their recent series against the British and Irish Lions.
The 23-year-old, who featured in the NRL with the Melbourne Storm and Gold Coast Titans, has made rapid strides in his career since Brumbies boss Jake White signed him from park rugby league with the Ipswich Jets in 2011.
''When I first got here, I phoned to find out where he was and they told me he was on loan to Ipswich because he wasn't playing with the Titans,'' White told the Canberra Times.
''Thankfully we got him released to come here early … just 18 months later he's playing in a Super Rugby final, he's played for the Wallabies in front of 87,000 people for the Lions series.
You have to say it's been a success so far. It was always going to be a no-brainer that a guy like Joe who was a star as a junior in rugby was going to be able to convert back.''
Tomane joins several players who have committed to the Brumbies as they aim for long-term success.
''If I rewind 18 months ago, Joe was a novice and now he's got Wallabies experience,'' White said. ''Things are looking up for the Brumbies, going forward.''