Joe Tomane

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Joe Tomane
Tomane 2016.jpg
Full name Joseph Malaki Tomane
Date of birth (1990-02-11) 11 February 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Palmerston North, New Zealand
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb; 225 lb)[1]
School St. Joseph's Nudgee College
Occupation(s) Rugby union player, former rugby league player
Rugby league career
Position(s) Wing, Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–09
2010–11
Melbourne Storm
Gold Coast Titans
18
14
((78)
(36))
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–15
2016−
Canberra Vikings
Montpellier
1
5
((0)
(10))
Correct as of 13 December 2016
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–16 Brumbies 68 ((125))
Correct as of 22 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–
2007
Australia
Australian Schoolboys
17 ((25))
Correct as of 27 September 2015

Joseph Malaki Tomane[2] (born 11 February 1990) is an Australian professional rugby union footballer. He plays on the wing for Montpellier, in the Top 14, and formerly played for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby competition. He has been capped for the Wallabies.

Early life[edit]

Tomane (pronounced Toe-mah-nee)[1][3] is of Samoan and Cook Islander descent. He was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand but moved with his family to Brisbane, Australia when he was three years old.[1][4]

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.[5] At Nudgee, he played rugby union alongside James O'Connor. In 2007, Tomane played for the Australian Schoolboys,[3] 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.[6]

Rugby union[edit]

In June 2011 Tomane signed a two-year deal with the Brumbies to play in the Super Rugby competition.[3]

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.[7]

On 5 July 2016, Tomane confirmed that he would be leaving the Brumbies for French club Montpellier at the end of the season.[8]

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 religious 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.[9]

Tomane has nine tattoos, most in relation to his Christian faith or Samoan heritage. He also has three stars behind his ear, which 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 things through Him who gives me strength’’.[10]

Super Rugby Statistics[edit]

As of 22 July 2016[11]
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
2015 Brumbies 18 18 0 1408 8 0 0 0 40 0 0
2016 Brumbies 8 8 0 584 6 0 0 0 30 0 0
Total 68 58 10 4596 25 0 0 0 125 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Joe Tomane". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nouvelle recrue : Joe Tomane" (Press release) (in French). Montpellier. 27 June 2016. Archived from the original on 27 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Towering Tomane set for rugby reunion" (Press release). Brumbies media unit. 27 June 2011. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Donaghy, Dave (12 July 2008). "Tomane a man in demand". Herald Sun. News. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Marshall, Matt (23 April 2009). "School days to class acts". Daily Telegraph. News. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.wsamoa.ws/index.php?m=25&s=&i=9789
  7. ^ "Vuna set for Test debut after more Wallaby woe for Joe Tomane". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Wallabies winger Joe Tomane confirms Montpellier move". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Chris Dutton (20 March 2014). "Joe Tomane reborn for Brumbies in Super Rugby". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Chris Dutton (31 May 2012). "Joe Tomane reborn for Brumbies in Super Rugby". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Player Statistics". its rugby. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 

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