Toomua to call Melbourne home from 2019
The Melbourne Rebels are pleased to confirm the signing of Leicester Tigers and Qantas Wallabies flyhalf Matt Toomua.
Toomua joins Melbourne on a two-and-a-half-year deal that will see him at the Rebels until the end of 2021.
After 33 Test caps for the Wallabies and 88 Super Rugby appearances for the ACT Brumbies, Toomua joined the Premiership side, Leicester for the 2016 season and has since made 23 appearances.
He will remain at the English club for the upcoming 2018 Premiership season, before joining his Melbourne teammates once his commitments with Leicester have finished.
The 28-year-old – who was born in Melbourne – said he is looking forward to making his return to Super Rugby and returning to his place of birth.
“The Rebels are a Club on the rise and I was really impressed after having a few conversations with Dave (Wessels) about his plans for the future,” Toomua said.
“Leicester have been fantastic to me throughout my time here.
“The option to return to Australia was something that did exist within my contract, only if a chance to represent the Wallabies was there and, with a Rugby World Cup next year, was ultimately one I couldn’t turn down.
“As well as a chance to represent my country at a World Cup again, the return home also allows me to be closer to both my wife and family after nearly three years on the opposite side of the world.
“I am still very much a Tigers player and, if anything, being able to have this all sorted is more positive than have a decision hanging over my head.
“I absolutely love Leicester, have become close friends with all of my teammates here and want to go out in a successful way.”
Melbourne Rebels Head Coach, Dave Wessels said Toomua’s signature was an exciting coup for the club as they look to build on the improvements made in 2019.
“Matt is a world-class player and we’re delighted that he has decided to continue his Super Rugby career with us in Melbourne,” Wessels said.
Wessels – who coached Toomua at the Brumbies in 2012 – added, “He’s a very competitive player and that comes through in all of his preparation and performances.”
“Most importantly he wants to win. He has high aspirations for both himself and our club. We can’t wait to welcome him in the coming months.”