Japan test player Goromaru dumped from Queensland's 23

05 May 2016

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru has been cut from the Queensland Reds' 23-man squad for the Super Rugby match against the Crusaders in New Zealand on Friday.

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Goromaru, the star of Japan's 2015 World Cup campaign who was expected to become the Reds' starting fullback when he joined in the off-season, was dumped Thursday despite a backline spot opening up when Samu Kerevi was ruled out with an injured left hand. Kerevi had surgery but be available for Wallabies' selection for the three-test England series beginning on June 11.

The 30-year-old Goromaru has struggled to click with the Reds and had been relegated to a bench role behind No.15 Karmichael Hunt, playing just 163 minutes so far this season.

Goromaru has played in 56 tests for Japan and scored 708 points.

-AP

05 May 2016

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