Posts Tagged "Brad Thorn"

We begin this week with a tip of the cap to Reds coach Brad Thorn and Waratahs fly-half Bernard Foley.

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Rugby watching was made more difficult this weekend due to the 100th anniversary celebrations of one of the world’s venerable, hallowed institutions of learning, Taumarunui High School.

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If I had been able to catch up with Brad Thorn over the weekend, say, in a restaurant in Brisbane, I would have said something like, “Brad, I’ve been a Brumbies fan since day one, but I have never seen them play as badly as they did on Friday night”.

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Brad Thorn might have pushed the boundaries as a player, but he says that’s not the way he instructs his Queensland Reds to play Super Rugby.

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It was a good opening weekend for the new, four-team Australian Super Rugby structure. Three of the franchises won, and the only one to lose, the Reds, lost to another Aussie side.

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Some members of the Australian rugby media and several players are upset about Brad Thorn’s decision to boot Quade Cooper out of his Reds squad, despite the controversial playmaker’s massive $650,000 annual contract from the Queensland Rugby Union.

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“It’s a start.” That’s how Queensland Super Rugby coach Brad Thorn has described the team’s maiden hit-out under his reign – a willing 14-14 internal trial draw in tricky, wet conditions at Ballymore.

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It’s almost crunch time in Aussie Super Rugby after the pain of removing the Force.

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When David Pocock isn’t winning games single-handedly for the Brumbies next year, he’ll be saving the Tasmanian devil, shutting down the Adani mine or acting as a celebrant at same-sex marriages.

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Rugby union has had its fair share of great craftsmen; players who were so consistent, precise and accurate throughout their entire careers.

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I will always remember the look on Martin Johnson’s face. It was the press conference after England’s ignominious exit from the 2011 World Cup.

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The coaching merry go round that has now become synonymous with the Queensland Reds has once again reared its ugly head, with Nick Stiles the latest to fall victim to the position which could be labelled as the ‘poisoned chalice’.

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One less Super Rugby team, three new coaches and a departing CEO – Australian rugby is a wild workplace when David Pocock takes annual leave.

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Let me just say right from the start: I really like Brad Thorn.

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Queensland Rugby Union boss Richard Barker’s gut instinct is that new coach Brad Thorn is the man to stop the rot at the Reds.

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Brad Thorn has been confirmed as the new coach of Super Rugby club Queensland, replacing the sacked Nick Stiles.

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Closer to pensioner than debutant, Brad Thorn continues to defy both his age and the medical world as he prepares to become captain-coach at the ripe old age of 41.

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Brad Thorn is confident his playing return at the ripe old age of 41 won’t hamper the progression of his younger teammates in the National Rugby Championship.

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If there’s one man who knows the ins and outs of code-swapping better than anyone, it’s Brad Thorn.

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Dual international Brad Thorn has been added to the Queensland Reds coaching staff for the remainder of the Super Rugby campaign.

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