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20:05 5 February 2016

Rugby: Goromaru raring for Super Rugby challenge with Reds

TOKYO, Feb. 5, Kyodo

Brave Blossoms' superstar fullback Ayumu Goromaru is eagerly anticipating the challenge he is about to face with Australian Super Rugby side the Reds.

"I don't know how much of my game is suited to the rugby there, but I want to try my hardest to utilize all my strengths," Goromaru said at Narita airport on Friday before his departure for Australia. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge of that high wall."

"Super Rugby isn't that easy. I think I'll go through many setbacks and hard times, but I'd like to contribute to the team as soon as I can."

The 29-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Reds and will join the squad on Monday.

"I'm not going to look too far ahead," he said. "I will think about playing in matches first and foremost, and give all I have in training."

Goromaru said he is focusing on his new challenge -- to the exclusion of the national team.

"I won't think (about playing for Japan) until I succeed with the Reds. It (the national team) is not part of my thinking," he said. "Just managing to get into Super Rugby is a success in itself, but I don't think I can call it that unless I play in games, perform well and send the fans home satisfied."

Goromaru, whose Yamaha Jubilo finished third in the recently completed Top League season, will be readying himself for the Super Rugby opener on Feb. 27, while another big date looms on May 21, when the Reds take on Japan's new franchise, the Sunwolves.

"It's not just me but people in Japan who will be looking forward to that," he said. "I'll try to make sure I can play."

==Kyodo

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