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The Queensland Reds in 2014

The Queensland Reds in 2014

In the old days a Queensland Reds pre-season was full of players leaving or coaches being sacked or board member in fighting. These days the Reds are a well oiled machine. They have a fairly stable playing group. The only players leaving are those looking for more game time. They tend to recruit with an eye on the future so there is rarely a star signing. Off the field things appear to run just as smoothly. The only Possible cloud on the horizon is a fairly radical change in the coaching ranks. But even here it seems the Reds have chosen evolution over revolution.

Reds Coaching Staff 2013/2014

Director of CoachingEwen Mckenzie
Head CoachRichard GrahamRichard Graham
Attack CoachJim McKaySteve Meehan
Forwards CoachEwen McKenzieNick Stiles
Scrum CoachTony D'ArcyNick Stiles
Defence CoachRichard GrahamRichard Graham
WTS CoachPeter WilkinsPeter Wilkins
Performance AnalystPeter WilkinsMichael Todd 
Assistant AnalystMichael Todd
Performance CoachDamian MarshOliver Richardson
Performance & Rehab CoachOliver RichardsonTom Van Kalken

Ewen McKenzie grabbed Jim McKay When he left for the Wallabies head Coach position. This left the Forwards coach and Attack Coaches jobs vacant. Richard Graham Officially took over as head coach after learning the reds ‘way’ for 12 months. Richard Graham resisted taking over attack himself and instead stuck with defence. He has done a great job there and his moving to attack would have lead to more disruption.


Nick Stiles is the new Forwards/Scrum coach. Stiles was a prop who played 96 times for Qld and 12 for Australia. James Slipper and Stiles put a lot of my concerns to bed in this video. what do you think?

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Steve Meehan comes with an impressive list of coaching accomplishments. Another Qlder he was assistant coach at Stade Francais and Bath before taking on the head coaching role at bath. He won two French Championships and lost a final while at Stade and won a Challenge Cup while at Bath. the Reds struggled in attack last season and Meehan seems to be making a difference. Have a look at the trial highlights and tell me if you can see the difference.

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The rest of the changes is mostly a shuffling of the deck chairs. Peter Wilkins is full time coach of the Wider training squad. Michael Todd moves up to Performance Analyst in his place. Damian Marsh has left and Oliver Richardson is promoted to Performance Coach in his place. Tom Van Kalken is the new Performance and Rehab Coach. Etc, etc, etc.


Digby Iaone has left. And to state the obvious we will miss his go forward. Adam Wallace-Harrison has retired. We miss his experience but not his double barrelled last name. I am excited about Samuela Kerevi and Chris Kuridrani coming into the extended playing squad. What do you think?

Reds Transfers 2013-2014

Position2013 squadOutIn2014 squad
PRBen DaleyBen Daley
Greg HolmesGreg Holmes
Jono OwenJono Owen
James SlipperJames Slipper
HKAlbert AnaeAlbert Anae
Saia Fainga'aSaia Fainga'a
James HansonJames Hanson
LKJames HorwillAdam Wallace-Harrison (retired)James Horwill
David McDuling (did not play)David McDuling
Ed O'Donoghue (academy)Ed O'Donoghue
Rob SimmonsRob Simmons
Adam Wallace-Harrison
FLNigel Ah Wong (extended playing squad)Nigel Ah Wong (Japan Coca Cola West Red Sparks)Curtis Browning
Curtis Browning (academy)Liam Gill
Liam GillEddie Quirk
Eddie QuirkBeau Robinson
Beau Robinson
N8Jarrad Butler (extended playing squad)Jarrad Butler (Brumbies)Jake Schatz
Radike SamoRadike Samo (Japan Kintetsu Liners)
Jake Schatz
SHNick FrisbyNick Frisby
Will GeniaWill Genia
FHQuade CooperQuade Cooper
Ben LucasBen Lucas
CEAnthony Fainga'aJono Lance (Waratahs)Anthony Fainga'a
Mike HarrisMike Harris
Jono LanceBen Tapuai
Ben TapuaiAidan Toua
Aidan Toua
WGChris Feauai-SautiaDigby Ioane (Stade Français)Lachlan Turner (Waratahs)Chris Feauai-Sautia
Digby IoaneDom Shipperley
Dom ShipperleyLachlan Turner
FBRod DaviesLuke Morahan (Force)Jamie-Jerry Taulagi (Uni of Qld)Rod Davies
Luke MorahanJamie-Jerry Taulagi
WTSNigel Ah Wong (LF)Blake Enever (lock)
Kevin Davis (PR)Samuela Kerevi (OC)
Jarrad Butler (N8)Chris Kuridrani (Wing)
Blake Enever (lock)
UJ Seuteni (FH)

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Just another Rugby tragic. Shane "Sully" Sullivan has been in man love with the game since high school in the 70's. He inflicts his passion on family and anyone who will listen. He can't guarantee unbiased opinion but he can tell you the Reds are Awesome! To read non-rugby content head to http://www.onesully.com.au

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