Wallabies inside centre Matt Toomua says he’s looking forward to throwing caution to the wind during this season’s internationals.
Kurtley Beale has it. Israel Folau’s got it in spades. And now Matt Toomua wants some as well.
Some say it can’t be taught; you’re either born with it or you’re not.
But those people aren’t under the mentorship of Stephen Larkham and Jim McKay.
Toomua is about as reliable a playmaker as they come – whether it be at flyhalf for the Brumbies or No.12 for the Wallabies.
But the 24-year-old says he’s worked hard on adding a “few strings to his bow” this year after a 2013 season which he described as conservative.
The signs are there, too.
His three-try performance in a knockout clash against the Western Force last month was sublime, and he was pivotal in the three-Test series clean sweep of France.
In a firing Wallabies backline some may argue that Toomua’s reliable link-play and rib-rattling defence is all that’s required.
But according to the man himself, there’s always room for improvement.
Especially when you’ve got a date booked with New Zealand for the Bledisloe Cup opener in less than two weeks’ time.
“(I’m) definitely trying to get that kind of X-factor, it’s something I’ve worked on,” Toomua said.
“It’s something I’ll do with time, hopefully.”
For eight months a year Toomua is tutored by Brumbies head coach Larkham – Australia’s greatest modern day flyhalf.
But from now until December he’ll get a fresh perspective while under the guidance of Wallabies attack coach Jim McKay.
McKay was the Queensland Reds’ attack coach when Quade Cooper, Will Genia and co razzle-dazzled their way to the 2011 Super Rugby title.
It’s a free-flowing style that genuinely excites Toomua when he talks about it.
“(McKay) loves chancing your arm,” Toomua said.
“For me that’s really good – it provides an opportunity to stretch myself.
“It’s quite easy to fall into your shell and kick, and get deep.
“But there’s got to be an element of risk in everything.
“He’s constantly pushing me with that, and it’s probably what I need.”
Toomua is in Dubbo with the majority of the Wallabies squad on their Bush2Bledisloe promotional tour.
They’ll soon be joined by a further 11 Waratahs players who are riding high after winning the club’s first Super Rugby title.
Toomua is hoping that success might just help the Wallabies end their 12-year Bledisloe Cup drought.
“It can only help. They played some great footy all year and they were deserved winners,” he said.
“Hopefully we can transfer that to some Test match success.”