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Fardy's key role in Tomane deal


COMMITTED: Joe Tomane. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

COMMITTED: Joe Tomane. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

COMMITTED: Joe Tomane. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Leinster new boy Joe Tomane has revealed that Scott Fardy played a huge role in his decision to join the European champions.

Tomane (28) spent five seasons at the Brumbies in Super Rugby alongside Fardy, and the pair also played together for Australia.

The utility back said that the second-row was helping him settle in to Dublin life.

"He was one of the main reasons why I came here," said Tomane, who spent the last two seasons with French club Montpellier.

"I know him really well. His wife and my wife are quite close as well so it would have made it very easy for her to transition to life here as well.

"He has been showing me around but then again, all the boys have been so inviting, showing me around town, giving me tips on where to eat, where not to eat, where not to get caught (eating). Those sort of tips have been really helpful.

"It's a really good group here and the group have been so welcoming.

"It's made my transition into Dublin life so easy."

Tomane added that Fardy had given him an insight into the Leinster culture - which helped close the deal.

"He was telling me the guys get together off the field a lot which is really cool.

"Being from overseas can be quite tough, I guess, off the field but him saying that the guys in the club are so inviting, and how close they are off the field as well, made it an easy decision for me to come here."

Having played against Leinster at the RDS in Montpellier colours, Tomane is looking forward to having the Blues fans behind him.

"The crowd are awesome, amazing," he said. "Both times we've come here, I've lost, so it'll be nice to actually win for a change.

"Every time I play, every time I train, I'll definitely be giving it 100pc.

"Win, lose or draw, I'll hopefully always have a smile on my face. I'm really excited to be here, I can't wait to play, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of going back-to-back."