Ex-All Black Thorn appointed Reds coach
Sydney - The Reds sacked Nick Stiles after just one season in charge on
Thursday and appointed former All Blacks great Brad Thorn as their new coach.
Stiles guided the Reds to just four wins in his first season
at the helm and reportedly had a rocky relationship with fellow coaches and
"Queensland Rugby Union was disappointed with the
performance of the Reds in 2017 and we believe we require a catalyst for change
in culture, discipline and standards," said QRU chief executive Richard
It is a meteoric rise for Thorn, a former World Cup-winning
All Black and Canterbury Crusaders lock who first made a name for himself in
rugby league, spending seven seasons with the Brisbane Broncos.
He only retired from playing in 2015 aged 40 as one of the
most respected figures in both league and union.
"Brad has a proven track record of success as both a
player and a coach," said Barker.
"He is without peer when it comes to the culture and
professionalism required to be successful at the highest level of our sport and
he is enthusiastic about moving the Reds forward and creating a winning culture
Thorn, capped 59 times by the All Blacks, has already
experienced success as a mentor, guiding the Queensland U20s to two Super U20
Championship titles as an assistant coach in 2016 and as head coach to an
undefeated season in 2017.
"I believe actions speak louder than words," he
said, adding that he was humbled to be given an opportunity to lead the Reds
after his time with the junior sides.
"I feel I'm contributing to a change in culture and
standards in those teams and I look forward to continuing to contribute to this
organisation and the success of the Reds."