Wallabies abroad: Toomua returns for Tigers

by Sam Phillips

With Japanese Top League finals in the rear view mirror, all eyes turned to Europe at the weekend.

There were Aussies aplenty starring across the Challenge and Champions Cup.

Here's who featured where.


Matt Toomua made his return to the field for Leicester alongside Tatafu Polota-Nau and Nick Malouf but it wasn't a triumphant return, falling 23-20 to Racing 92.

Christian Lealiifano bid farewell to Ulster but it wasn't in winning fashion, falling 26-7 to Wasps in a disappointing performance.

Ian Prior shifted to fullback for Harlequins as they took on La Rochelle but they also fell short of the mark in a 16-7 loss.Ben Tapuai and Bath were big winners at the weekend. Photo: Getty ImagesBen Tapuai's Bath flogged Benneton but Semi Radradra and Toulon weren't able to beat Scarlets in a thriller.

Nic White and Lachie Turner suffered the same result in their starts for Exeter, falling 28-21 to Glasgow.

Montpellier had Jesse Mogg on the pine in their loss to Leinster but Peter Betham found some success with Clermont, edging out Ospreys 24-7.

Two teammates went toe-to-toe as Will Skelton's Saracens faced Rob Horne's Northampton, the former earning bragging rights with a big 62-14 win.


Ben Mowen started at blindside flanker for Pau in their win over Gloucester, while Ben Meehan came off the bench in London Irish's 24-17 win over Krasny Yar.

Cruze Ah-Nau did the same for Zebre but Leroy Houston and Ben Volavola got starts for Bordeaux in their 33-17 loss to Dragons.