Reds re-appoint Graham as coach
Brisbane - The Reds have re-appointed coach Richard Graham in a revamped
high performance structure, despite a poor record with the Brisbane-based side.
The Reds have finished 13th in the 15-team competition in the two seasons
under Graham and he was under pressure to keep his job after being asked to
re-apply for it last month.
They were Super Rugby champions in 2011, third in 2012 and fifth in 2013.
Graham would now report to a general manager of the high performance
programme, former Wallabies centre Daniel Herbert, the Queensland Rugby Union
said in a statement.
"We fully understand that the results of the Reds over the last two
seasons have been unacceptable," QRU chairperson Rod McCall said.
"However, we feel strongly that Richard is the right man to lead us
into the 2016 season under this new structure."
McCall said more than 20 people had applied for the head coaching job and
Graham said he was aware that any further failures would not be acceptable.
"I am humbled by the opportunity to coach this team again in
2016," Graham said.
"As a squad we will not tolerate any excuses that compromise our
preparations or performance in order to achieve success in 2016."
Graham, who will work alongside former All Blacks' lock Brad Thorn and Nick
Stiles next season, will need to replace Will Genia and lock James Horwill, two
lynchpins of the 2011 triumph, as well as former New Zealand loose forward Adam
Flyhalf Quade Cooper's future is also reportedly still in limbo after he
signed a new contract with the Australian Rugby Union and pulled out of a
lucrative contract with French club Toulon, who have threatened to sue.