Biography

Japan’s Rugby World Cup hero Ayumu Goromaru joins the Reds in 2016 following impressive performances on the international stage in 2015. The 29-year-old fullback became a household name in Japan and turned the rugby world on its head when he led his nation’s shock 34-32 win over South Africa – with the match being described as the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history. Goromaru scored 24 points in that match and twice received man-of-the-match honours at the tournament. He has since been labeled a 'national hero' in Japan after spearheading his nation’s World Cup campaign in which they secured a record three wins. The 2016 season will be Goromaru’s first in Super Rugby. He has spent his entire professional rugby career playing in Japan’s Top League, while also forging an impressive Test résumé, with 56 Test and 708 points – making him Japan’s all-time leading points scorer.