Toua’s second coming in Brisbane
AIDAN Toua has hidden his three-year-old daughter's tiny Brumbies jersey in a cupboard to give her more time to switch her allegiance to the Reds he wants to help resurrect.
It explains how rapid the full-back's own conversion has needed to be for Friday night when he will face his Brumbies teammates of 2016-17 at Suncorp Stadium.
There is also no better figure to warn of the danger posed by quicksilver Brumbies fullback Tom Hanks, who he tips to become a Wallaby.
Toua, 28, has not exactly sold his rugby soul because he was a passionate Red for four seasons (2011-14) in his home state before finding his feet in Super Rugby in Canberra.
"It may seem a little weird considering I only finished playing for the Brumbies six months ago but rugby is a business these days," Toua said.
"I'll be putting everything into that Reds jersey when I run out.
"There weren't too many fond playing memories in my first years at the Reds when they were full of injuries.
"This is somewhat of a second life with Queensland and I'm excited to resurrect things and when my time ends I want it to be on a good note this time."
His youngest daughter Matilda, 3, loved Brumby Jack, the Canberra side's horse-headed mascot, so weaning her off the Brumbies is a process.
"Her little jersey has been left in the back of the cupboard," Toua said with a smile.
Luck also played a big part in Toua's return.
A simple "I'm around in Brisbane" text to friend and backs coach Paul Carozza preceded the Karmichael Hunt drama last December.
When it wasn't certain the Reds would even have a top fullback, the puzzle pieces fitted for a one-season deal.
Banks, 23, wasn't valued highly enough in future planning at the Reds in 2016 which was a blunder because Brumbies recruiters could see his pure speed, flair and future.
"Banksy would beat me over 100m but I reckon I've got him over 10-15m," Toua said.
"He's going to be a Wallaby and we're going to have to watch him because that fearless streak to try things is one of his biggest assets."
Banks careered away for a 50m try from a hooker's inside pass against Brisbane City last year so the Reds have been warned about his roving strikes.
The Reds are fielding a novice backrow in Caleb Timu, Adam Korczyk and Liam Wright but their Brumbies rivals (Isi Naisarani, Tom Cusack and Lachy McCaffrey) are also a new combination.
Expect a stronger game from flyhalf Jono Lance while Timu's value to power for metres will need to compare favourably with impressive Brumbies No.8 Isi Naisarani.