Reds lure Brumbies fullback as cover for Hunt

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 07:42

TRANSFER NEWS: Reds coach Brad Thorn has continued his aggressive off-season recruiting, this time heading to Canberra - as he looks to turn the B Brisbane-based franchise into a competitive unit.

The Reds have continued to bolster their backline with the signing of experienced fullback Aidan Toua for the 2018 Super Rugby season.

His arrival is part of Thorn's planning for life after disgraced Rugby League convert Karmichael Hunt.
 
Toua, 27, made his Queensland debut in 2011 and featured in 10 games for the Reds before taking up an opportunity in France.

He has spent the last two seasons with the Brumbies as the side's starting fullback.
 
The 27-year-old said he was excited to return to the place where his career began and hoped to be able to contribute to the Reds' efforts in 2018.
 
"It's really awesome to be back at Ballymore. It's nice to have this opportunity to resurrect my Reds career and it's something I'm really looking forward to," Toua said.
 
"I feel like I'm returning with more experience and hopefully I can have a positive impact here."
 
Reds head coach Brad Thorn said Toua would add valuable experience to the Reds backline.
 
"It's great to get Aidan on board. He's a talented player who left Queensland a number of years ago and is returning with plenty of experience," Thorn said.
 
"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 and the Reds' pre-season preparations continue next week as they host their final trial match against Fiji Warriors at Ballymore Stadium on Thursday 15 February.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 24 February 2018
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Bath v Sale Sharks 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Fri, 02 March 2018
Blues v Chiefs 06h35 Eden Park
Reds v Brumbies 09h00 Suncorp Stadium
Kings v Dragons 17h35 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Munster 19h35 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Harlequins v Bath 19h45 Twickenham Stoop
Sat, 03 March 2018
Sunwolves v Rebels 22h00 Tokyo
Crusaders v Stormers 06h35 Christchurch
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 24 February 2018
Waratahs v Stormers 34 | 27
Crusaders v Chiefs 45 | 23
Sunwolves v Brumbies 25 | 32
Fri, 23 February 2018
France v Italy 34 | 17
Leinster v Kings 64 | 7
Dragons v Edinburgh 12 | 25
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 21 | 10
Rebels v Reds 45 | 19
Highlanders v Blues 41 | 34
Mon, 19 February 2018
NWU-Pukke v UJ 18 | 15
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 27 | 32
Maties v CUT-Ixias 75 | 12
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 29 | 32
Sun, 18 February 2018
Dragons v Treviso 15 | 18
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13 | 7
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 1 1 0 0 5
Waratahs 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 1 1 0 0 4
Sunwolves 1 0 0 1 1
Reds 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 1 1 0 0 5
Highlanders 1 1 0 0 4
Blues 1 0 0 1 1
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 2 1 0 1 5
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 1 0 0 1 0