Matt Toomua is an Australian rugby union player who played 33 times for Australia between 2013–16. Since 2016 he currently plays for the Leicester Tigers in England’s Premiership Rugby competition and his usual position is at fly-half or inside centre. Toomua is a Fly-half who headed to Canberra as a potential long-term playmaker prospect for the two-time Super Rugby champions. Toomua is a product of Brisbane State High School.
In July 2007 Toomua won his second Australian Schools Championship, guiding Queensland I to a come-from-behind 23–17 win over NSW I in Canberra. His performance during the tournament earned him the pivot’s role for the Australian Schoolboys where he helped guide the side to wins over the England Under 18s (11–3), Samoan Schools (50–9) and a 23–17 win over New Zealand Schools in Sydney, the side’s first win over their trans-Tasman rivals since 1997.
In 2013, the Brumbies selected Toomua at fly half. In the Brumbies first game of the 2013 Super Rugby season, Lealiifano moved to inside centre; and both Toomua and Lealiifano played the full 80 minutes to help the Brumbies defeat the Reds. During the Semi-final clash against the South African team: the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, Toomua help set-up the match-winning try to outside-centre Tevita Kuridrani in the final minutes of the game, helping the Brumbies to win 26–23 which had also guided the team to the grand final match against the Chiefs.
After an outstanding Super Rugby season with the Brumbies in 2013, Toomua was selected in the Wallabies 2013 Rugby Championship Squad. On 18 August, he made his Test debut for the Wallabies at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium facing the current World Champion All Blacks in the 1st Bledisloe Cup Test (of 2013). He became the first Wallaby debutant player to make his Test debut against the All Blacks in the Wallabies starting XV since Rod Kafer. He was on the field for 60 minutes before being substituted by Quade Cooper.
Following the Sydney Bledisloe Cup game loss, Ewen McKenzie stuck with him at Fly Half for the second Bledisloe Cup Test at Westpac Stadium in the New Zealand national capital, Wellington. However, the Wallabies ended-up losing 16–27, and the All Blacks won the Bledisloe Cup (for 2013). The following that game Toomua was benched for the rest of the 2013 Rugby Championship and Quade Cooper claimed the No. 10 Fly-half jersey.
On 19 October, Toomua was selected at Inside Centre for the third Bledisloe Cup clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. He scored a try at Test level in the game’s second half. The Wallabies lost 33–41.
On the Wallabies Europe Spring-Tour, coach Ewen McKenzie selected him at inside centre for the clashes against England (where he scored the only try for the Wallabies in that game), Italy and Ireland. In the lead-up to the clash against Scotland, Toomua injured his hamstring at training which ruled him out of the rest of the Wallabies final two Spring Tour games.
On 15 November 2015 Leicester Tigers announced the signing of Toomua from the summer of 2016. He made his debut for Leicester Tigers on 14 October 2016 in a 42–13 defeat to Glasgow Warriors, Toomua was sent to the sin bin after 13 minutes for a spear tackle. Toomua then suffered a serious knee injury in the next game, his first game at Welford Road, which ruled him out for six months.
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