Former All Blacks lock Brad Thorn has replaced Nick Stiles as head coach of the Reds.
The Reds won just four of their 15 Super Rugby matches during Stiles’ first season in charge.
Thorn will be supported in the role by recently appointed senior assistant coach Tony McGahan (defence), with additional assistant coaches to be announced.
Thorn joined the QRU in late 2015 as Queensland Elite Development Squad forwards coach after retiring from playing, following more than two decades of unparalleled success at the elite level. He has been with QRU for the duration of his coaching career and said he was humbled to be given an opportunity to lead the Reds.
‘I believe actions speak louder than words. I’ve been grateful for the opportunity to spend the last two years at Ballymore coaching the Queensland U20s, Queensland Country and the Reds,’ said the 42-year-old. ‘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 will continue his current role as Queensland Country head coach, before officially starting his new role with the Reds when pre-season training for the 2018 Super Rugby season begins in late November.