It’s not strictly fair to say that the career of Tyrel Lomax had taken any particular plunge. But the big prop was contracted to the Rebels and thinking about throwing his lot in with the Wallabies.
Thankfully he had a change of heart in early September when he signed with the Highlanders for the 2019 campaign and then managed to get that brought forward by a year.
Once he was locked into the New Zealand system, the Maori All Blacks pounced and took him on tour to Canada and France.
He’s a big unit, only in his early twenties and, from starting the season as a future Wallaby, he ended it as a future All Black.