Reds re-appoint coach Graham for another season

Queensland Super Rugby franchise the Reds have re-appointed head coach Richard Graham for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Queensland Super Rugby franchise the Reds have re-appointed head coach Richard
Graham for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Graham will work under a new high performance structure that will see him report
into an Executive General Manager for the Reds..

This newly created structure, outlined as the main recommendation from the
recent Reds High Performance Review, sees the appointment of former World Cup-winning
Wallabies centre Daniel Herbert, a 124-capped Queensland Red, to the Executive
General Manager’s role.

QRU Chairman Rod McCall said: “The recent Reds High Performance Review
made clear recommendations around the structure of our organisation. We feel
the appointment of our first Executive General Manger to oversee our Performance
Rugby Department will bring us into line with best practice and allow us every
opportunity for success.

“On the back of further recommendations from the review, QRU ran an open
and thorough process for the roles of head coach and also attack and defence
coaches. The Coaching Review Panel considered over 20 coaching applications
from the local and international Rugby markets.

“We fully understand that the results of the Reds over the last two seasons
have been unacceptable, however we feel strongly that Richard is the right man
to lead us into the 2016 season under this new structure.”

Graham will also be the Reds Defence Coach in 2016 and the QRU will finalise
its search for an attack coach in advance of the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Graham said: “I am humbled by the opportunity to coach this team again
in 2016. As a squad we will not tolerate any excuses that compromise our preparations
or performance in order to achieve success in 2016.”

QRU CEO Jim Carmichael said: “In the Review an important insight was
the need for us to implement an optimum high performance structure that is also
aligned to our wider organisational plans. To that end, Daniel Herbert is an
outstanding appointment as he not only has all the football related experience
and skill sets but he has also been a successful senior QRU executive, possessing
wide-ranging corporate knowledge and a complete understanding of our objectives
for the next five years for the Reds and Queensland Rugby.”

Former Reds and Wallabies scrumhalf Sam Cordingley will also support Herbert
as the Head of Pathways and List Management.

The announcements follows on from other recent appointments in the High Performance
staff including the appointment of Brad Thorn as Reds Elite Development Squad
Forwards Coach, Damian Marsh as Head of Athletic Performance, the re-signing
of Nick Stiles as Senior Assistant Coach and Cameron Lillicrap returning as
Head Physiotherapist.

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