Joe Tomane

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Joe Tomane
Full name Joseph Tomane
Date of birth (1990-02-11) 11 February 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth Palmerston North, New Zealand
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight 102 kg (225 lb; 16 st 1 lb)[1]
School Nudgee College
Occupation(s) Rugby union player, former rugby league player
Rugby league career
Position Wing, Centre
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing, Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2014– Canberra Vikings 1 (0)
correct as of 3 December 2014.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012– Brumbies 54 (75)
correct as of 9 May 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Australian Schoolboys
14 (15)
correct as of 17 November 2014.

Joseph "Joe" Tomane (born 11 February 1990) is an Australian professional rugby union footballer. He plays on the wing for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby competition and he has been capped for the Wallabies.

Early life[edit]

Tomane (pronounced Toe-mah-nee)[1][2] is of Samoan descent. He was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand but moved with his family to Brisbane, Australia when he was three years old.[1][3]

In Brisbane, Tomane attended Marsden State High School and played rugby league alongside Israel Folau, Antonio Winterstein and Chris Sandow until he moved to Nudgee College for his senior year.[4] At Nudgee, he played rugby union alongside James O'Connor. In 2007, Tomane played for the Australian Schoolboys,[2] as did O'Connor.

Rugby league[edit]

In 2008, Tomane joined the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League. In only his ninth NRL game on 7 June 2009, playing against the Brisbane Broncos, Tomane scored three tries and took on the goal-kicking duties for the night to achieve six goals from nine attempts to bring his total points tally for the night to 24, half the Melbourne Storm's 48 total points for night to Brisbane Bronco's four points.[citation needed]

Tomane signed with the Gold Coast Titans on a two-year deal starting from 2010. He was also selected in the Samoan training squad in 2010.[5]

Rugby union[edit]

In June 2011 Tomane signed a two-year deal with the Brumbies to play in the Super Rugby competition.[2]

Tomane made his International debut playing against Scotland at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle on 5 June 2012. He had limited opportunities in the wet conditions but made a try saving tackle. An ankle injury sustained during training two days later ruled him out of the subsequent test series against Wales.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In March 2014 Tomane was baptized along with twenty others at the Life Unlimited Church in Charnwood. Tomane was baptized as a child but wasn't religions growing up. However after he turned his career around Tomane became a devout Christian. He now goes to church every week, prays before matches, has tattoos of his favorite bible verses, and pauses to thank God every time he scores a try. He also wants to start a Christian group for athletes in Canberra.[7]

Tomane has nine tattoos, most in relation to his Christian faith or Samoan heritage. He also has three stars behind his ear are for daughter Starsha. His other favorite tattoos are the cross on his left hand and his favorite Bible verse written across his stomach – Philippians 4:13 ‘‘I can do all this through Him who gives me strength’’.[8]

Super Rugby Statistics[edit]

As of 24 December 2014
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2012 Brumbies 13 11 2 823 4 0 0 0 20 0 0
2013 Brumbies 18 13 5 1133 4 0 0 0 20 0 0
2014 Brumbies 11 8 3 648 3 0 0 0 15 0 0
Total 42 32 10 2604 11 0 0 0 55 0 0


  1. ^ a b c d "Joe Tomane". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Towering Tomane set for rugby reunion" (Press release). Brumbies media unit. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Donaghy, Dave (12 July 2008). "Tomane a man in demand". Herald Sun. News. Archived from the original on 13 May 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Marshall, Matt (23 April 2009). "School days to class acts". Daily Telegraph. News. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
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  6. ^ "Vuna set for Test debut after more Wallaby woe for Joe Tomane". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Chris Dutton (20 March 2014). "Joe Tomane reborn for Brumbies in Super Rugby". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Chris Dutton (31 May 2012). "Joe Tomane reborn for Brumbies in Super Rugby". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 

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