After just 13 Super Rugby games in 2012, Joe Tomane has been hailed as the most successful league convert since Lote Tuqiri joined the Waratahs in 2002. A big, strong outside-back who can play outside centre, wing or fullback, Tomane put the competition on notice with two sensational tries against the Highlanders at Canberra Stadium, his first since returning to the game he grew up with. The Nudgee College old boy was an Australian Schoolboys star in the same generation as James O’Connor, with the pair tearing Queensland’s GPS competition apart as a flyhalf-fullback combination in 2007. With such brilliance on display at the 2007 National Championships, Tomane was quickly snapped up by the Melbourne Storm in the NRL where he spent his formative years learning the tricks of the professional trade. A move two seasons later to the Gold Coast to be closer to family in Brisbane finished his league career, with Tomane opting out of the final six months late in 2011 to join the Brumbies in Canberra. At just 22, Tomane has the potential to be a Super Rugby superstar. His Test debut came in June when in terrible conditions he took to Newcastle’s Energy Australia Stadium to face the Scots. While he managed to come through the Test unscathed, Tomane was injured the following week at training in preparation for the first Test against Wales. The ankle injury had a flow on effect to Super Rugby and despite a valiant effort to return for the final match against the Blues, Tomane still required a full reconstruction effectively ending his 2012 international season as it was just taking off. Look for Tomane to seek out plenty of involvement in 2013 as the strapping flyer sets sights on more Wallaby gold and a Brumbies final spot.
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