Ex-Tiger Thorn takes over at Reds

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QUEENS­LAND Reds have sacked Nick Stiles af­ter just one sea­son in charge 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.

It is a me­te­oric rise for Thorn, the for­mer World Cup-win­ning All Black lock who ended his play­ing ca­reer at Le­ices­ter Tigers.

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,” Thorn said. “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.”

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