Reds sign Japan fullback

World Cup hero Ayumu Goromaru will play Vodacom Super Rugby for the Reds next season.

The Japan fullback has scored 708 points from 56 Tests, including 58 in the recent World Cup.

'Ayumu was one of the stand-out fullbacks of the World Cup but as importantly, he has been performing at a consistently high level for Yamaha Júbilo in the Japan League for many years,' Reds executive general manager Daniel Herbert said. 'Both of our assistant coaches, Nick Stiles and Matt O’Connor, have coached against Ayumu in Japan and have said he is a player that worries any opposition.

'His recent goal-kicking percentage sits at or above 80%, an area in which the Reds are looking to improve in 2016. He is a quality player who will add depth to our outside backs.'

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