Former World Cup-winning All Blacks forward Brad Thorn has been appointed the new St.George Queensland Reds head coach ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season.
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.
Thorn has already experienced success within Queensland Rugby’s pathway programs, 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.
He was also assistant coach of Bond University Queensland Country in the 2016 National Rugby Championship and head coach in 2017, leading them to their most successful season in the short history of the competition.
Tony McGahan joined the St.George Queensland Reds as a senior assistant coach ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season.
McGahan brings a wealth of experience to the Reds following more than a decade of professional coaching in both the northern hemisphere and Super Rugby.
Born and raised in Queensland, McGahan’s coaching career began in his home state at the helm of Rugby nurseries Nudgee College and Anglican Church Grammar School’s First XV programs, as well as Queensland Premier Rugby side Easts.
He made the move to Irish powerhouse Munster in 2005 as an assistant coach and was involved in two Heineken Cup wins in 2006 and 2008 before becoming Director of Rugby, during which time he oversaw two Celtic League titles in 2009 and the 2011 season, as well as a famous victory over the touring Wallabies in 2010.
He joined the Wallabies as a coaching co-ordinator in 2012, before taking on the role as Melbourne Rebels head coach ahead of the 2014 season. He left the role in Melbourne at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season, where he finished as the longest-serving and most successful coach in the club’s history.
Jason Gilmore joined the St.George Queensland Reds as an assistant coach prior to the 2017 Super Rugby season, after more than a decade working his way through Queensland’s coaching pathway.
Gilmore’s appointment followed a busy 2016 in which he led the Queensland Under 20s to an undefeated national title in the inaugural Super U20s Championship as head coach, before taking on the role of defence coach with the Australian Under 20s at the World Rugby U20 Championship and with Bond University Queensland Country in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship.
Gilmore also led Anglican Church Grammar School to an undefeated GPS title in 2014.
As a speedy winger for both Queensland and Australia in the 1980s and 90s, Paul Carozza won 94 caps for the Reds and played 15 times for the Wallabies. Carozza scored nine tries at international level including a double in Australia's Bledisloe Cup victory over New Zealand at Ballymore in 1992.
Following a successful playing career, Carozza followed his tertiary qualifications, moving in to teaching and became Director of Rugby at Brisbane Boys College in 2000, mentoring future Queensland Reds stars, James Horwill and Will Genia. Moving in to a role at Ballymore with the ARU Talent Program, Carozza has been helping develop the future stars of Queensland Rugby since 2004, in roles with both the Reds Academy and the former ARU National Academy through to his current role - Reds Elite Development Coordinator
Sean Yoshiura has been a member of the St.George Queensland Reds’ performance staff since 2012, working with the Academy, Queensland A and moving in to a role with the St.George Queensland Reds in 2015.
Gary Slater has been working with the St.George Queensland Reds since 2010 and has extensive experience in Sports Nutrition with numerous sports organisations including the Australian Institute of Sport, the Brumbies and the Wallabies. With a PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics, Gary is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where he coordinates a Masters’ Degree in Sports Nutrition.
Dr. Chris Thomas graduated from the University of Queensland in 2006, before spending time in orthopaedic, trauma and neurosurgical units at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Prior to starting specialty training in sport and exercise medicine through the Australasian College of Sport Physicians, he spent time gaining experience in exercise medicine and sports related trauma.
Cameron Lillicrap re-joined the St.George Queensland Reds ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season as Head Physiotherapist and brings with him more than two decades of experience in the industry. A former Queensland and Wallabies prop, Lillicrap was a touring member of the 1984 Grand Slam winning Wallabies and was a member of Australia’s 1987 and 1991 Rugby World Cup squads.
Gina Nelson has a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Masters of Physiotherapist Studies. She has worked in the Queensland Rugby scene since 2009 with Brisbane club, Brothers and was McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City’s physiotherapist in their 2015 undefeated championship season of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship.
Michael Todd graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science before joining the Reds in 2012 as Assistant Analyst, before taking over as Head Analyst for the 2014 season.
Todd joined Irish Province, Munster, for the 2014-2015 season before returning to Queensland for 2016.
Sam Cordingley joined the St.George Queensland Reds’ administration staff at the end of 2013 after three seasons as the General Manager of Rugby at the Melbourne Rebels.
Cordingley moved in to the administration side of Rugby after a long and successful playing career with the Brumbies, Reds and Wallabies.
This is Thomas Barker’s second year as Team Manager of the St.George Queesland Reds, after three years as Football Administration Officer for the Brisbane Lions Football Club in the AFL.
Matthew Smith joined the St.George Queensland Reds in 2012 after two years with the New South Wales Institute of Sport as the Athlete Career and Education Advisor.
Smith has a Bachelor’s degree of Education (PDHPE) and a Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling Elite Athletes.
He was also a member of the Australian Men’s Hockey Team and has 166 international caps to his name.
Tom Kennedy is in his fourth season as the St.George Queensland Reds’ Media Manager.
He has also worked with the Australian Rugby Union and Rugby Canada.
Prior to working in the sports industry, Kennedy worked as a sports journalist in Ontario, Canada.