BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 09: Coach Brad Thorn of Country watches on during the round seven NRC match between Brisbane City and Queensland Country at Ballymore Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Brad Thorn appointed new Reds coach

The Queensland Reds have sacked head coach Nick Stiles and announced World Cup winning All Black, Brad Thorn, as his replacement for the 2018 season.

Former Rebels coach Tony McGahan will join Thorn on the coaching staff as an assistant.

“I believe actions speak louder than words,” Thorn said.

“I’ve been grateful for the opportunity to spend the last two years at Ballymore coaching the Queensland under-20s, Queensland Country and the Reds.

“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.”

Thorn represented the All Blacks on 59 occasions and had stints at several Super Rugby clubs including the Crusaders, Canterbury, the Highlanders and Queensland.

He worked as an assistant coach to Stiles in 2017, when the Reds won just four matches for the season and he also coached the Reds’ under-20s team to an undefeated season.

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