Joseph Malaki Tomane

  • 17Caps
  • 858Wallaby Number
  • 31Age
PositionWinger
Date Of Birth1 February 1990
Place Of BirthPalmerston North, New Zealand
SchoolMarsden State High School, Brisbane & St. Joseph's Nudgee College
Other ClubsMontpellier (FRA), Leinster (IRE)
ProvinceACT
Debut Test Match2012 Wallabies v Scotland, Newcastle
Final Test Match2015 Wallabies v Uruguay, Birmingham

Biography

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, with both Kiwi and Samoan heritage, Joe Tomane starred at schoolboy level where he played alongside James O'Connor at Nudgee College in Brisbane. Unfortunately he was lost to the game soon after when he chose to pursue a career in the National Rugby League. The flying, hard-running, hirsute winger spent four years in the NRL where he played two seasons at both the Melbourne Storm and the Gold Coast. In 2012, Tomane found his way back into rugby when he signed a deal to join World Cup winning coach Jake White in the nation’s capital. He initially agreed to a two-year deal with the Brumbies but made such an impact upon his return to the 15-man code that he found himself in the Wallaby side to face Scotland in Newcastle. Tomane went on to play 17 Tests and won a place in the squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In 2016, Tomane left the Brumbies at the end of the season to join French club Montpellier.

Highlights

2007
Represented Australian Schools against England U18s, Samoan Schools and New Zealand Schools

2012
Tomane won his first Test cap on the right wing in the 6-9 loss to Scotland at Newcastle.

2013
Tomane earned eight caps throughout 2013 including two starts against the British & Irish Lions and appearances in four of the five Spring Tour internationals. He scored his first Test try in the 54-17, 2nd Test victory over Argentina in Rosario.

2014
Following a hamstring injury Tomane had to wait until the back end of the Rugby Championship and the subsequent Spring Tour in order to add to his Test cap tally. He played left wing in each of his five starts for the season.

2015
He was selected in the run-on XV for three Tests amid fierce competition from Adam Ashley-Cooper, Rob Horne and Drew Mitchell. Tomane won selection to his first Rugby World Cup however his sole appearance was in the pool stages, against Uruguay at Birmingham.
Joseph Malaki Tomane