Ayumu Goromaru to leave Toulon for Yamaha Jubilo
Last Updated: 05/06/17 10:47am
Japan's Rugby World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru will return to Japanese Top League side Yamaha Jubilo after a frustrating spell at Toulon.
The 31-year-old, who played just a handful of games since making his Toulon debut last November, made the announcement on his official website.
Goromaru shot to fame at the 2015 World Cup when Japan, then coached by current England boss Eddie Jones, won three matches, including an astonishing 34-32 shock over two-time champions South Africa in their opening game.
"We don't want him either. We won't be keeping him, he doesn't want to stay."
Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal
Japan's talisman moved to Australia after the World Cup to play Super Rugby for the Reds, but his season was prematurely cut short by a shoulder injury.
Goromaru enjoys a cult following back in Japan, where life-size statues of the player are sculpted, zoo animals are named after him and he has even been made a "ninja master".
Despite his celebrity status, however, Goromaru struggled in Super Rugby and also subsequently in France, departing with club president Mourad Boudjellal's comments ringing in his ears.
"We don't want him either," the outspoken businessman told RMC Sport. "We won't be keeping him, he doesn't want to stay."