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Former Wallaby re-signs with Leicester Tigers

Matt Toomua

Former Wallaby Matt Toomua has re-signed a one-year contract extension with the Leicester Tigers, keeping the 27-year-old midfielder in the Premiership until 2020.

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The extension, announced on Monday night by Leicester, takes him past the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and with 31 Tests to his name, he is not eligible to play for the Wallabies whilst he is overseas under the ‘Matt Giteau’ 60-cap rule.

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The original three-year deal Toomua signed at the end of 2016, kept the possibility open for a 2019 return to Australia and the Wallabies, however, that door looks to be now shut and Toomua may never wear the green-and-gold again.

Toomua was upbeat about the prospects of committing to Leicester long-term.

“I’m very excited about committing to the club for a few more years,” he said.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Despite having an injury-interrupted first year, I have loved being a part of the club and am very excited about our ambitions in the near future.

“Leicester Tigers have a rich history and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to add to it.”

Toomua’s re-signing comes just three days after former Force player and Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau signed with the English club.

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William 2 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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