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Joe Tomane set to re-sign with ACT Brumbies despite interest from Queensland Reds

Joe Tomane is expected to re-sign with the Brumbies

Joe Tomane is expected to re-sign with the Brumbies

The ACT Brumbies are confident of re-signing Wallabies flyer Joe Tomane in coming days, despite reported interest from Super Rugby rivals Queensland Reds.

Tomane is off contract at the end of the season and has attracted interest from the 2011 Super Rugby champions, who are trying to bolster their depleted outside back stocks following several departures.

Former Wallabies and Reds winger Digby Ioane is now in France, Dom Shipperley will join the Melbourne Rebels next season, and Rod Davies and Aidan Toua are also off to France.

Tomane, who has played nine Tests for Australia, is seen as a ready-made replacement.

But Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher was confident Tomane would stay at the club that has helped rebuild his career after an unsuccessful stint in the NRL.

A contract for Tomane has been lodged with the Australian Rugby Union and is waiting for sign-off from the ARU and Tomane's management.

Tomane has repeatedly said his preference is to stay in the ACT and told Fairfax Media just two weeks ago: "I know that's my best option for my career, to stay here in Canberra".

"We've worked to try and come up with an arrangement that will keep him here," Fisher said.

"He wants to stay here. He's an extremely valuable member of the playing squad, great guy to have around.

"He's become a Wallaby through our environment so there's every reason for us to want to keep him and for him to want to stay, and we're hoping that will come to fruition over the next few days."

Unlike the Reds, the Brumbies have plenty of depth in their outside backs, with Tomane, Henry Speight and Robbie Coleman all playing brilliantly this season.

While that depth can cause players wanting game time some frustration, Fisher said it was necessary to be a successful team.

"You need quality in your starting XV and you need quality on your bench and you need quality to cover injuries," he said.

"The more better players we can have, the stronger we'll be. It's obviously just the capacity to work within the salary cap to be able to do that."

The Brumbies are also hoping powerful forward Fotu Auelua will re-sign soon.

Apart from Tomane and Auelua, Fisher said there were just three spots to be filled for next season.

"We've obviously got to fill Leon Power's position now [he's joining French club Oyonnax], we've still got an inside back and outside back position to fill, and we'll probably look at the [National Rugby Championship] and see what transpires there," he said.

"Our intention is to get either quality Canberra or Australian-based players. That's our intention and I'm sure there's enough good footballers out there."

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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