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Japan's World Cup Hero Close To Sealing A Big Move

Japan's World Cup Hero Close To Sealing A Big Move
By Conor O'Leary Updated

Japanese full-back Ayumu Goromaru was one of the players of the tournament. The ice-cool kicker was a big part of the brave blossoms wonderful run through pool B where they won three of their four games despite failing to reach the quarter-finals.

It looks like the 29-year-old is set to move to the Queensland Reds Super Rugby team to replace the departing James O'Connor. According to the Daily Telegraph in Australia, the Reds are desparate for backline cover that is also losing Wallaby pair Quade Cooper and Will Genia.

Should Goromaru get the move he deserves, he will be the sixth member of the Japanese World Cup squad to play for a current Super Rugby franchise - joining No. 8 Henrick Tui at the Reds, while captain Michael Leitch and scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka who play for New Zealand sides the Chiefs and Highlanders. Hooker Shota Horie and winger Akihito Yamada play for the Rebels and the Force.

The proposed move is a blow to the new Japanese Super Rugby franchise set to join the tournament next season. The Sunwolves have yet to confirm any players for their squad, and the loss of a key figure like Goromaru to build their franchise around is a blow.

[Daily Telegraph]

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