The Brumbies star, who had been the most impressive Australian winger in Super Rugby this season, released an emotional statement confirming that he had played his last game for the club having signed with French side Montpellier for next year.
Date:Saturday 16th July 2016
“Unfortunately these things happen in rugby and I won’t get to farewell everyone the way I would’ve liked, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
“The Brumbies mean the world to me and I’ll now get to join our fans in cheering the boys on for the rest of the season.
“I still believe this team has what it takes to win the title this year, and I’ll be doing everything I can to help out the players, in whatever way I can.
“I cannot speak highly enough of how much I admire the players I have played alongside over the past five years.”
Tomane had hoped to return for the Brumbies finals campaign via a run in club rugby last weekend, but in the second half he took a low tackle just below his injured knee.
X-rays revealed the 26-year-old had suffered a fracture to the tibia bone in his lower leg.
Tomane, a former NRL star, played 68 Super Rugby games for the Brumbies, scoring 25 tries.
The Brumbies can secure a place in the finals if they beat Western Force with a bonus point on Saturday.
They will also get through if rivals NSW lose to the Blues without a bonus point on Friday. If NSW win but fail to get a bonus point, the Brumbies would need to beat the Force but would not require a bonus point, as they have one more win than the Waratahs.