Things have not gone to plan for ACT Brumbies winger Joe Tomane since switching from rugby league to union – they have gone even better.
When the NRL convert first came to Canberra for the 2012 season, he gave himself until his second year to make his Super Rugby debut. Instead, not only did he debut for the Brumbies in his first year, but he did for the Wallabies as well and now has nine Tests to his name.
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His re-signing for another two years with last year's Super Rugby grand finalists signals his intention to repay the faith the Brumbies have shown in him. Tomane always wanted to stay in Canberra and his new deal will have him stay in the nation's capital until at least the end of 2016.
The 24-year-old felt there was something special building at the club and he wanted to be a part of it.
"When I first came here I had a plan to make my debut in my second year and everything got fast-tracked," Tomane said. "It's been a massive blessing to be able to do the things that I've done – I've represented my country, made my Super Rugby debut.
"I've achieved a lot in my time here and that's because of the program that we have and the coaching staff, and also the players that we have. I'm training and playing with a bunch of guys that push me to my limits and that's how I'm getting the best out of myself ... that's why I decided to stay because I know with this group I'm going to be able to achieve a lot more and be a part of something special."
The Brumbies fought off overtures from the Queensland Reds, as well as overseas, to keep him.
A fractured cheekbone ruled him out of the three-Test series against France and the Brumbies are hoping he will be available to play the Western Force in their last game of the regular season at Canberra Stadium on July 11. But he'll have to get the all-clear from a specialist before he returns.
New Zealand born of Samoan descent, Tomane came to Australia as a three-year-old. He played 32 NRL games with the Melbourne Storm and Gold Coast Titans before switching codes.