RUGBY: The ACT Brumbies appear certain to fly the flag for Australia in the Super Rugby finals.
But star winger Joe Tomane won’t play an on-field role after he was ruled out for up to two months with a fractured leg, suffered in his comeback from a knee injury in the Canberra club competition.
Putting in jeopardy his chances of playing for the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship, starting next month, the injury also means he won’t play for the Brumbies again with the 26-year-old to join French club Montpellier next season.
The Brumbies play the Western Force at GIO Stadium in the final round of Super Rugby on Saturday.
“I still believe this team has what it takes to win the title this year, and I’ll be doing everything I can to help out the players, in whatever way I can,” said Tomane, who represented the club 68 times.
“This is a tough pill to swallow, there’s no doubt.
“Unfortunately these things happen in rugby and I won’t get to farewell everyone the way I would’ve liked, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
“The Brumbies mean the world to me and I’ll now get to join our fans in cheering the boys on for the rest of the season.”
Tomane had not played since round nine of the Super Rugby season when he injured his knee in a game against the Crusaders.
He then missed the Wallabies’ Test series against England last month.
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