The rookie star Matt Toomua didn’t know how to get back to his home after the first day’s training. But said he’s ready for the Melbourne Super Rebels game against the Bulls on Friday night if needed.
Due to his arrival from the England club in Leicester next week, the return of the Wallabies on the eighth of Toomua was accelerated after Quade Cooper suffered a concussion on Friday. Rugby fans are waiting for thrilling performances in RWC. Now you can book online tickets for Rugby World Cup to support your favourite players.
He received a phone call at 9 am Sunday, his flight was booked at 11 am and at 9 pm he was travelling to Melbourne and meeting with his cricket star wife, Ellyse Perry.
I was coming from the airport directly here and I did not know how to get home. So I had to check my email to find the address, my wife had chosen the place where we live said Toomua.
Toomua said he would be able to play if Cooper failed his concussion recovery test, the biggest challenge is adapting to the Rebels’ style of play.
“In terms of fitness, I’m ready, it’s been 30 to 40 weeks, and when it comes to time zone changes, playing rugby internationally, you get used to it,” said Toomua.
The style of play is probably the other thing. The Rebels have a unique style of play, so getting used to it will be the biggest challenge. He said he was studying the Melbourne Games book and was trying to find out the names of his new teammates.
Jetlagged allows you to get up early, so this morning I was going through all that and I was noting it but, under pressure, we’ll see how it goes,” said the 29-year-old.
“If I’m lucky enough or next week, there will be some cramming before the final exam.”
Before going to the UK, Toomua played 88 games between 2008 and 2016 with the Brumbies, who are now the main rivals of the Rebels at the head of the Australian conference.
I’m super excited to be part of a growing team said Toomua. I like offensive style, the flatness of the attack is what people are talking about and there is depth in the team as well, so I hope I can contribute.
With 40 test selections, Toomua played five-eighths of the last two tests of the Wallabies European tour at the end of last year. But nothing is gained for the selection of the national team before the World Cup of this year.
“There are a lot of open positions and I think that’s pretty good after the season we had last year,” he said.
There are probably not many people who can firmly say that I will wear a base XV jersey, but I’m sure that’s the ambition of all the other players they play in the centre, in the winger or elsewhere.
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