Matt To'omua

  • 29 Age
  • 90kg Weight
  • 182cm Height

Biography

Matt To’omua was a schoolboy No.10 rival of both Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper and much like his fellow future Wallabies he was branded a star of the future. Equally comfortable at inside centre, To’omua captained Queensland II to the 2006 Australian Schoolboys title when Cooper was the Queensland I fly-half. To’omua played opposite Beale in the semifinals where he orchestrated a massive upset of NSW I before his side went on to beat NSW II in the final. He went on to represent Australian Schools and later the U20s at two Junior World Championships.

To’omua’s rapid rise stalled somewhat at the ACT Brumbies as he dealt with the tragic passing of close friend and fellow Brumby Shawn Mackay. A short spell in South Africa’s Currie Cup with Western Province proved to be a much needed tonic and it was his performances in that competition that saw him picked in the Wallabies’ 2009 end-of-season Spring Tour squad. Unfortunately his first taste of national honours ended disastrously and quickly, after less than two minutes, when he broke his jaw in the uncapped midweek clash with the Cardiff Blues. A combination of injury and form saw him struggle to win game time at the Brumbies and it was not until 2012 under Jake White that he was played more regularly.

To’omua finally realised his potential in 2013 when new national coach Ewen McKenzie picked him for the opening Test against New Zealand. He won a place in the Australian team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup however the following year made the decision to join the Leicester Tigers on a three-year deal that looked likely to bring down the curtain on his Wallaby career. Fortunately for Australian rugby he returned home following the series loss to Ireland in 2018, reclaimed his spot in the match day squad and finished the year as the incumbent Wallaby fly half.

Highlights

2007

Represented Australian Schools against England U18s, Samoan Schools and New Zealand Schools.

2009

Selected in the Australian U20s squad for the second-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in Japan.

2010

Selected in the Australian U20s squad for the third-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in Argentina.

2013

To’omua won his debut Test cap as a starting No.10 in the 1st Test, 29-47 loss to New Zealand in Sydney. He went on to play in the next nine internationals before a hamstring injury ended his season at the halfway mark of the end-of-season Spring Tour.

2014

To’omua started at No.12 in each of the first 10 Tests however two nasty head-knocks in successive weeks against South Africa and Argentina saw him miss the first two matches of the Spring Tour.

2015

He earned a further 10 caps although seven of them came off the bench as one of national coach Michael Cheika’s “finishers”. To’omua was selected to his first Rugby World Cup and played in six of the team’s seven matches.

2016

To’omua won two caps, the first as the run-on inside centre in the 3rd Test against England and the second off the bench in the 1st Test against New Zealand.

2018

He earned a total of nine caps - including three as the starting inside centre and two as the run-on fly half - from the Wallabies final 10 Tests.