Matt Toomua released from Leicester contract early to feature for Rebels

Matt Toomua joined Leicester Tigers in 2016
Matt Toomua joined Leicester Tigers in 2016

Leicester have confirmed that Australia international Matt Toomua has been released from the contract early and will miss the side's final round clash in the Gallagher Premiership against Bath Rugby.

The 29-year-old's contract was originally penned until the end of the ongoing season but with Leicester assured of the Premiership status for the next season, the club has decided to release him for Melbourne Rebels.

To'omua has already headed to Australia and could make his debut for the Rebels as early as Friday when they take on Bulls with Quade Cooper being a doubtful starter because of an injury.

"Matt Toomua flew back to Australia on Sunday and has already trained with the Rebels as they continue their Super Rugby campaign," a Tigers club statement read.

To'omua joined the Tigers in 2016 and went on to make 41 appearances for the Welford Road unit despite his stint starting with a serious knee injury.

The Tigers had a struggling season in the Gallagher Premiership with seven wins from 21 games and are positioned 11th in the table with 40 points - 10 more than Newcastle Falcons, who will be relegated at the end of the season.