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Monday 26 September 2016

Australia star Matt Toomua signs for Leicester

Published 15/11/2015 | 16:40

Matt Toomua, Australia, in action against Robbie Henshaw
Matt Toomua, Australia, in action against Robbie Henshaw

Leicester have announced the signing of Australia international Matt Toomua.

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The 25-year-old, who can play at fly-half or inside centre, was part of the Wallabies squad which reached the World Cup final last month.

The Tigers said he would join the club next summer.

Toomua, who has won 23 caps for his country, is currently with Super Rugby side ACT Brumbies, who are based in Canberra.

"I'm very excited to be joining the Tigers," Toomua told Leicester's official website.

"It's a great opportunity for me to be a part of such a successful organisation with such a proud history.

"After meeting with Richard Cockerill and Aaron Mauger, I feel very fortunate to be able to further develop as a rugby player in such a great environment and hope to contribute to the club's future success.

"I look forward to joining the club in 2016 and wish the team all the best for the current season."

Tigers director of rugby Cockerill said: "It is no secret we have been looking to sign a top-class player to add to our back-line resources and Matt is certainly in that category.

"He is still a young man but has already achieved such a lot in Super Rugby and played extensively in Test rugby for the Wallabies.

"We look forward to his arrival in the summer and to seeing him work with our back line and with Aaron and the coaching team. I'm sure his arrival will excite supporters too because he will be a top-class addition to the squad."

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