All Black named Reds assistant coach
Sydney - All Blacks World Cup-winning lock
Brad Thorn will become an assistant coach at the Reds after his success helping
the club's youth team, the Reds said on Thursday.
New Zealand-born Thorn, 41, who played
rugby league for Australia before switching to rugby union and playing 59
internationals for New Zealand, coached Queensland to victory in the inaugural
Super Under-20s championship this year.
He hung up his boots after a final club
season with Leicester last year to become the Queensland Rugby Union's Elite
Development Squad forwards coach.
"Brad's achievements in sport speak
for themselves and the plan was always for Brad to play a role in coaching the
Reds after he'd experienced a few months in the coaching environment with our
under-20s," Reds general manager Daniel Herbert said.
"He has taken to coaching well and his
work with the Queensland under-20s forward pack was noticeable throughout their
undefeated run in the Super U20s Championship."
Thorn said: "I've really enjoyed the
ability to have a virtual apprenticeship with the Under-20s and now feel I can
use my experience to assist this Reds program."