New Reds signing to provide fullback cover for Hunt

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    Planning for life after Karmichael Hunt has continued for the Queensland Reds with the signing of Aidan Toua from the ACT Brumbies.

    Toua, 27, made his Super Rugby debut for the Reds in 2011 but then moved to France and has spent the past two seasons in Canberra as their starting fullback.

    “It’s really awesome to be back at Ballymore,” Toua said.

    “It’s nice to have this opportunity to resurrect my Reds career and it’s something I’m really looking forward to.

    “I feel like I’m returning with more experience and hopefully I can have a positive impact here.”

    Hunt is due to face court again on February 19 and his lawyers say they have a written undertaking from Queensland police that his cocaine charge will be dropped on that day.

    However, he is still facing a charge of possessing Xanax and another for contravening a police direction, after not reporting to his local police station in time to provide fingerprints.

    The possibility remains he could have his contract torn up by Rugby Australia – in that instance, Toua will likely slot straight into his position.

    “It’s great to get Aidan on board,” Reds coach Brad Thorn said.

    “He’s a talented player who left Queensland a number of years ago and is returning with plenty of experience.

    “He’s got a good boot on him and understands the game really well, which is important for his position.

    “He’ll provide us with good depth in the backline and is coming back because he loves this place and wants to contribute.”

    Toua will have his first outing for Queensland on Thursday in their final pre-season trail match against the Fiji Warriors at Ballymore Stadium.

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    • February 10th 2018 @ 1:53pm
      Malo said | February 10th 2018 @ 1:53pm | ! Report

      Hunt , Cooper the aru might as well throw all their dough down the pokies. they will probably get extended contracts as the aru just love throwing the money around in so called elite backs. Slipper when is he going to produce something. His wallaby days are finished and is just someone who stays on the books. Kerevi needs to get some speed and Higgers might shine and stop seagulling under the great Thorne.

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      February 10th 2018 @ 3:41pm
      Machpants said | February 10th 2018 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

      Jeez poor old Quade, can’t even cover that!

      • February 10th 2018 @ 4:06pm
        Ruckin Oaf said | February 10th 2018 @ 4:06pm | ! Report

        Yeah the current recruitment policy seems to be A B C.

        Anybody Bar Cooper

        • February 10th 2018 @ 4:12pm
          Train Without A Station said | February 10th 2018 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

          Absolutely mediocre approach to recruitment to pick up Toua.

          He was let go for a reason and hasn’t shown to be superior to when he left.

          • February 11th 2018 @ 9:15am
            Rebellion said | February 11th 2018 @ 9:15am | ! Report

            Agreed. A very flakey player who has great attaching instincts but is just not big, strong or fast enough to be a serious attacking threat
            He and CFS were talked up big time as potential stars and both have been complete flops.
            CFS is the worst IMO. He seems so lazy and disinterested when he plays – a terrible example of the Reds’ crumbled culture

            • February 11th 2018 @ 11:37am
              Rhys Bosley said | February 11th 2018 @ 11:37am | ! Report

              In 2016 Toua set up nine tries for the Brumbies and scored two more, I’d say that makes him a pretty serious attacking threat. And in 2017 Larkham was often using him as first receiver of the lineout, probably because Hawera and Godwin were so mediocre as playmakers, which would explain why we didn’t see as much from him scoring in the wide channels, where a fullback would normally be.

              Toua’s main problem was his defence in 2016, which was terrible, but he improved it a lot in 2017. I reckon a few naysayers will be surprised at how well he does with the Reds.

              • February 11th 2018 @ 4:08pm
                cuw said | February 11th 2018 @ 4:08pm | ! Report

                i thought his main problem was – something common to many auzzy backs like Folau , cannot kick well from 15.

                if u saw England v Wales – at least one wing on either side are very good line kickers in addition to 15. ( Adams and Watson).

                granted everyone cant kick 50m like Dagg or Steyn or Hodge , but decent exit kiking is a must for the back.

              • February 11th 2018 @ 5:16pm
                Fionn said | February 11th 2018 @ 5:16pm | ! Report

                Yep, that was my issue with him at the Brumbies. Too often his ‘exits’ went from inside the 22 to barely outside the 22.

                As an attacking threat he is very good though.

              • February 11th 2018 @ 6:43pm
                Rhys Bosley said | February 11th 2018 @ 6:43pm | ! Report

                I saw him pin Folau back on the line by about 30 metres Son the sideline with one kick, Izzy only made about 5 metres in return. He will need to make sure he can do that consistently, but if he can pull it off the left boot is invaluable.

              • February 13th 2018 @ 12:03pm
                JP said | February 13th 2018 @ 12:03pm | ! Report

                What we needed, another speedbump in defence.WOW.The Reds HQ have no idea have they.The bloke has the worst left foot since Drew Mitchell.Shank shank shank popgun bomb popgun bomb shank shank shank.

        • February 11th 2018 @ 6:01pm
          Bfc said | February 11th 2018 @ 6:01pm | ! Report

          Will admit up front that I was not happy when the Reds let Lucas go…but the last minute signings (Lucas, Lance, Toua) seem a sign of desperation by the Reds. Toua is a fine ball runner but is so fragile under the high ball and in defence….he sure can’t cover Hunt for defence!
          They are are doing anything possible to ensure they won’t need to call on QC…but none of these three are better at game management then QC, and that is apparently one of the key reasons Thorn won’t use him…

    • February 10th 2018 @ 4:15pm
      Fionn said | February 10th 2018 @ 4:15pm | ! Report

      Good signing I think.

      I was very happy when the Brumbies promoted Banks to starting fullback as Toua’s kicking put us under a lot of pressure at times, but I wasn’t happy to see him go as I think he brings a lot to the squad. He is an electric attacker and is very good injury cover who can play multiple positions proficiently.

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        February 10th 2018 @ 6:50pm
        Rob na Champassak said | February 10th 2018 @ 6:50pm | ! Report

        The Reds style of Rugby may suit him more as well. Although, I suppose we can’t make assumptions about how McKellar will want to have the Brumbies playing in the long term.

      • February 12th 2018 @ 9:53am
        Markus said | February 12th 2018 @ 9:53am | ! Report

        I wanted to get behind Toua, I really did. But I’m convinced now that he brought more potential than anything else.
        Poor defender. Indecisive in space, especially kick returns, and would turn the ball over as a result.
        And his clearance kicks were off the side of the boot more than can be accepted from a professional player.

        He did chime in well as a third playmaker in 2016, and was almost the main playmaker last year so appreciate him putting up his hand there when needed, but just made way too many mistakes.

    • February 10th 2018 @ 7:42pm
      Rhys Bosley said | February 10th 2018 @ 7:42pm | ! Report

      Good buy, a genuine playmaking fullback with a left boot. Underrated and under appreciated which is good, because he will have s point to prove.

    • February 10th 2018 @ 9:56pm
      Toua??! said | February 10th 2018 @ 9:56pm | ! Report

      Easily the weakest player from the Brumbies. Reminded me of a Jesse Mogg on return options: Kick first, kick second, maybe run it.

      Defence was shotty most of the times and now the Reds have picked him up haha. I can’t see him starting any game this year.

      • February 11th 2018 @ 11:39am
        Rhys Bosley said | February 11th 2018 @ 11:39am | ! Report

        Hawera was the weakest link at the Brumbies last year, he is a club rugby playing at a level that is well beyond his abilities. Toua did a lot of the playmaking for him but didn’t get any credit for that.

      • February 12th 2018 @ 9:49am
        Markus said | February 12th 2018 @ 9:49am | ! Report

        At least Mogg’s kick returns regularly got back into opposition territory, even down into the 22.
        Toua clearly has a 50m+ left boot but slices it 90% of the time.

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      February 12th 2018 @ 12:33am
      Hoy said | February 12th 2018 @ 12:33am | ! Report

      I don’t understand Thorn or the Reds recruiting the last three players, so late in the day… and just refusing Quade again and again.

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