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NICK STILES – HEAD COACH, ST.GEORGE QUEENSLAND REDS

Nick Stiles will lead the St.George Queensland Reds as head coach in 2017, after serving three seasons as the side's forwards coach.

Stiles has 11 years of coaching experience, including six seasons in Super Rugby and two at the helm of National Rugby Championship side Brisbane City, which claimed back-to-back titles in the first two years of competition.

After a decorated playing career including 96 caps for Queensland and 12 Wallabies appearances, Stiles moved into coaching with Premier Rugby Cub, University of Queensland.

His ability as a professional player and his knowledge of the set piece set him up for fruitful coaching career as he took his skills to Kubota in Japan and the Western Force, before returning home to Queensland.


Coaching History

  • 2017: Head Coach – Queensland Reds, Super Rugby
  • March 2016 - July 2016: Co-interim head coach - Queensland Reds, Super Rugby
  • 2014 - 2016: Forwards coach - Queensland Reds, Super Rugby
  • 2014 - 2015: Head coach - Brisbane City, National Rugby Championship
  • 2011 - 2013: Forwards coach - Western Force, Super Rugby
  • 2007 - 2010: Forwards coach - Kubota Spears, Japanese Top League
  • 2006 - 2007: Head coach - University of Queensland, Queensland Premier Grade

Major Achievements (Coaching)

  • 2016: Equal first lineout (91%), equal fifth scrum (92%), most scrum penalties earned (38) - Queensland Reds, Super Rugby regular season
  • 2015: Undefeated NRC Champions - Brisbane City, National Rugby Championship
  • 2014: Inaugural NRC Champions - Brisbane City, National Rugby Championship

Playing History

  • 2000 - 2003: Wallabies
  • 1997 - 2005: Queensland Reds
  • 1997 - 2005: University of Queensland
  • 1993 - 1996: Souths

Major Achievements (Playing)

  • 2001: Series win over British and Irish Lions, Wallabies
  • 2001: Bledisloe Cup, Wallabies
  • 2001: Tri Nations Champions, Wallabies

Shane Arnold - Attack Coach, St.George Queensland Reds

Shane Arnold joins the St.George Queensland Reds coaching team after working his way through the Queensland pathway.

Arnold is familiar with Ballymore, having helped guide Brisbane City to back-to-back NRC titles in 2014-2015 – during which time he was also the Australian Under 20s attack coach.

Prior to that he was the head coach of GPS in Queensland Premier Rugby, where he played a significant role in the development of recent Wallabies debutants Nick Frisby and Samu Kerevi.

Arnold also spent time in the Queensland pathway as a player, representing the Queensland Schoolboys, Queensland Under 20s, Australian Under 19s and GPS Rugby Club.


Coaching History

  • 2017: Attack Coach – Queensland Reds, Super Rugby
  • 2014 - 2016: Assistant Coach – Brisbane City, National Rugby Championship
  • 2013 - 2014: Assistant Coach - Australian Under 20s, World Rugby U20 Championship
  • 2012 - 2014: Head Coach – GPS Rugby Club Premier Grade, Queensland Premier Rugby
  • 2010 - 2011: Head Coach – GPS Rugby Club Colts, Brisbane Premiership Colts 1

Major Achievements

  • 2015: Undefeated NRC Champions – Brisbane City, National Rugby Championship
  • 2014: Inaugural NRC Champions – Brisbane City, National Rugby Championship
  • 2013: Queensland Premier Rugby grand finalists – GPS Rugby Club Premier Grade
  • 2010: Brisbane Premiership Colts 1 Champions – GPS Rugby Club Colts

Jason Gilmore - Elite Development Head Coach

Jason Gilmore joins the St.George Queensland Reds coaching team as defence coach for the 2017 Super Rugby season, after more than a decade working his way through Queensland’s coaching pathway.

Gilmore’s appointment follows a busy 2016 in which he led the Queensland Under 20s to an undefeated national title in the inaugural Super U20s Championship, 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.


Coaching History

  • 2017: Defence Coach – Queensland Reds, Super Rugby
  • 2016: Defence Coach - Australian Under 20s, World Rugby U20 Championship
  • 2016: Defence Coach – Queensland Country, National Rugby Championship
  • 2015 - 2016: Head Coach - Queensland Under 20s, Super U20 Championship
  • 2015: Head Coach - Queensland Country, National Rugby Championship
  • 2013 - 2014: Head Coach - Anglican Church Grammar School First XV
  • 2011 - 2012: Head Coach - Toowoomba Grammar School First XV
  • 2010 - 2013: Head Coach - Queensland Under 16s
  • 2010: Defence Coach - Australian Under 20s
  • 2009 - 2010: Skills Coach – Queensland A
  • 2008 - 2010: Assistant Coach - Souths Premier Grade
  • 2007 - 2010: Elite Development Coach - Junior Reds
  • 2007: Head Coach – Queensland Academy of Sport Under 19s
  • 2006 - 2007: Head Coach - Easts Premier Colts

Major Achievements

  • 2016: Super U20 Champions - Queensland
  • 2015: National U20 finalists - Queensland
  • 2014: GPS 1st XV Undefeated Premiers – Anglican Church Grammar School
  • 2011 - 2013: National U16 Champions - Queensland
  • 2010: IRB Junior World Championships finalists - Australia
  • 2009: Premier Grade Finalists - Souths
  • 2007: Trans Tasman U19 Champions - Queensland

Brad Thorn - Reds Contact Coach and Queensland U20s Head Coach

Brad Thorn joined the Queensland Rugby Union at the end of 2015 following a playing career spanning two decades. Thorn’s first role in coaching was with the Reds Elite Development program. He has since progressed to forwards coach of the Queensland Under 20s, winning an undefeated Super U20s title in 2015, as well as a support role with the Super Rugby side.

Ahead of the 2017 season, he was named the Reds Contact Coach as well as Queensland Under 20s head coach.

Thorn started his playing career in rugby league with the Brisbane Broncos, where he won three NRL premierships in two stints with the club. The second-rower also won 14 caps for Queensland in State of Origin and played eight Tests for the Australian Kangaroos.

In Rugby he won a Super Rugby title with the Crusaders, multiple Bledisloe Cups and Tri-Nations championships with the All Blacks; a Heineken Cup title with Leinster; and was a member of the New Zealand’s 2011 Rugby World Cup-winning team.


Coaching History

  • 2017: Reds Contact Coach and Queensland Under 20s Head Coach
  • 2016: Queensland Under 20s Forwards Coach
  • 2015 - present: Reds Elite Development Squad Forwards Coach

Major Achievements (Coaching)

  • 2016: Super U20s Champions – Queensland Under 20s

Playing History

  • 2016: Queensland Country, National Rugby Championship
  • 2014 - 2015: Queensland Country, National Rugby Championship
  • 2013 - 2014: Highlanders, Super Rugby
  • 2012: Leinster, Pro12 Championship
  • 2011 - 2012: Sanix Blues, Japanese Top League
  • 2008 - 2011: Crusaders, Super Rugby
  • 2005 - 2007: Brisbane Broncos, Rugby League
  • 2005: Queensland Maroons, State of Origin
  • 2003 - 2011: All Blacks
  • 2001 - 2004: Crusaders, Super Rugby
  • 1997 - 1998: Australian Kangaroos, Rugby League
  • 1996 - 2000: Queensland Maroons, State of Origin
  • 1994 - 2000: Brisbane Broncos, Rugby League

Major Achievements (Playing)

  • 2012: Heineken Cup Champions, Leinster
  • 2011: Rugby World Cup Champions, All Blacks
  • 2011: Bledisloe Cup, All Blacks
  • 2010: Tri-Nations Champions, All Blacks
  • 2010: Bledisloe Cup, All Blacks
  • 2009: Bledisloe Cup, All Blacks
  • 2008: Tri-Nations Champions, All Blacks
  • 2008: Bledisloe Cup, All Blacks
  • 2008: Super 14 Champions, Crusaders
  • 2006: NRL Premiers, All Blacks
  • 2003: Tri-Nations Champions, All Blacks
  • 2003: Bledisloe Cup, All Blacks
  • 2000: NRL Premiers, Brisbane Broncos
  • 1999: State of Origin Series, Queensland
  • 1998: State of Origin Series, Queensland
  • 1998: NRL Premiers, Brisbane Broncos
  • 1997: Super League Champions, Brisbane Broncos

Damian Marsh – Head of Athletic Performance, St.George Queensland Reds

Damian Marsh re-joined the St.George Queensland Reds in 2016 with extensive experience in Super Rugby and unrivalled success after helping both the St.George Queensland Reds and the Brumbies to a combined three Super Rugby titles in 16 years.


Professional History

  • 2016 - present: Queensland Reds
  • 2013 - 2015: ACT Brumbies
  • 2010 - 2013: Queensland Reds
  • 2000 - 2009: ACT Brumbies

Major Achievements

  • 2011: Super Rugby Champions, Queensland Reds
  • 2004: Super Rugby Champions, ACT Brumbies
  • 2001: Super Rugby Champions, ACT Brumbies

David Ballard – Athletic Performance Coach, St.George Queensland Reds

David Ballard joined the St.George Queensland Reds after almost a decade of experience in Athletic Performance in the National Rugby League. With Bachelor degrees in Business (Management) and Applied Science (Human Movements), David was a member of the staff at the St.George Illawarra Dragons during their premiership season in 2010 and later worked with the Newcastle Knights.


Professional History

  • 2016 - present: Athletic Performance Coach, Queensland Reds
  • 2013 - 2015: Newcastle Knights
  • 2010 - 2013: St.George Illawarra Dragons

Major Achievements

  • 2013: NRL Preliminary Finalists, Newcastle Knights
  • 2010: NRL Premiers, St.George Illawarra Dragons
  • 2010: NRL Minor Premiers, St.George Illawarra Dragons
  • 2009: NRL Minor Premiers, St.George Illawarra Dragons

Sean Yoshiura – Sports Science Coordinator, St.George Queensland Reds

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.


Professional History

  • 2015-present: Sports Science Coordinator, St.George Queensland Reds
  • 2015: Athletic Performance Coordinator, Bond University QLD Country
  • 2014: Athletic Performance Coordinator, St.George Queensland Reds Academy
  • 2012-2013: Sports Science Internship, St.George Queensland Reds

Gary Slater – Sports Performance Dietitian, St.George Queensland Reds

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.


Professional History

  • 2010 - present: St.George Queensland Reds
  • 2001 - 2014: Wallabies
  • 1998 - 2008: ACT Brumbies
  • 1996 - 2008: Australian Institute of Sport

Major Achievements

  • 2008: Sports Dietitian, Australian Paralympic Team

Dr Chris Thomas – Team Doctor, St.George Queensland Reds

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.


Professional History

  • 2016 - present: Team Doctor, Queensland Reds
  • 2014 - 2016: Assistant Team Doctor, Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat
  • 2015: Tournament Doctor, Asian Soccer Cup
  • 2015: Tour Doctor, Australia A Cricket team
  • 2014 - 2015: Match Day Doctor, Queensland Reds
  • 2013 - 2015: Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union
  • 2013 - 2014: Team Doctor, Queensland Firebirds
  • 2011 - 2014: Tournament Medical Director, Sevens World Series Gold Coast

Cameron Lillicrap - Head Physiotherapist, St.George Queensland Reds

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.


Professional History

  • November 2015 - present: Head Physiotherapist, St.George Queensland Reds
  • 2007 - 2008: Physiotherapist, Queensland Reds
  • 1997 - 2006: Physiotherapist, Wallabies
  • 1996 - 2001: Physiotherapist, Queensland Reds

Playing History

  • 1985 - 1991: Wallabies
  • 1984 - 1994: Queensland Reds

Major Achievements (Playing)

  • 1999: Named in Queensland Team of the Century
  • 1991: Rugby World Cup Champions
  • 1987: Rugby World Cup
  • 1984: Grand Slam Winning Wallabies Tour

Gina Nelson – Physiotherapist, St.George Queensland Reds

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.


Professional History

  • 2016 - present: Physiotherapist, St.George Queensland Reds
  • 2015: Physiotherapist, Brisbane City, National Rugby Championship
  • 2010 - present: Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor, Junction Road Physiotherapy
  • 2011 - present: Physiotherapist, Brothers Rugby Club
  • 2009 - 2010: Trainer, Brothers Rugby Club

Major Achievements

  • 2016: Queensland Premier Rugby Champions, Brothers Rugby Club
  • 2015: NRC Champions, Brisbane City
  • 2010-2015: Queensland Premier Rugby final-four, Brothers Rugby Club
  • 2010: Australian Club Champions, Brothers Rugby Club
  • 2009: Queensland Premier Rugby Champions, Brothers Rugby Club

Michael Todd – Senior Analyst, St.George Queensland Reds

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.


Professional History

  • 2016 - present: Senior analyst, St.George Queensland Reds
  • 2014 - 2015: Analyst, Munster Rugby, Pro12 Championship
  • 2012 - 2014: Analyst, St.George Queensland Reds, Super Rugby

Sam Cordingley – Head of List Management & Pathways, St.George Queensland Reds

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.


Professional History

  • 2016 - present: Head of List Management and Pathways, St.George Queensland Reds
  • 2014 - 2015: General Manager of Rugby Operations, St.George Queensland Reds
  • 2012 - 2014: General Manager of Rugby, Melbourne Rebels

Playing History

  • 2011: Melbourne Rebels
  • 2008 - 2010: FC Grenoble
  • 2006 - 2008: Wallabies
  • 2006 - 2008: Queensland Reds
  • 2004 - 2006: FC Grenoble
  • 2002 - 2003: Swansea
  • 2000: Wallabies
  • 1999 - 2001: Queensland Reds
  • 1999 - 2008: Brothers Rugby Football Club
  • 1998: ACT Brumbies

Major Achievements (Playing)

  • 2007: Wallabies 2007 Rugby World Cup squad
  • 2000: Wallabies, Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup-winning squad
  • 1996 - 1997: Australian Under 21s
  • 1995: Australian Under 19s

Thomas Barker – Team Coordinator, St.George Queensland Reds

This is Thomas Barker’s second year as Team Coordinator of the St.George Queesland Reds, after three years as Football Administration Officer for the Brisbane Lions Football Club in the AFL.


Professional History

  • 2016 - present: Team Coordinator, Queensland Reds
  • 2012 - 2015: Brisbane Lions Football Officer, Australian Football League

Matthew Smith – Player Development Manager, St.George Queensland Reds

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.


Professional History

  • 2012 - present: Player Development Manager, St.George Queensland Reds
  • 2010 - 2012: Athlete Career and Education Advisor, NSW Institute of Sport

Major Achievements

  • 1996: Bronze Medal, Olympic Games, Atlanta
  • 1994-2002: Australian Men’s Hockey Team, 166 caps

Tom Kennedy - Media Manager, St.George Queensland Reds

Tom Kennedy is entering 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.


Professional History

  • 2014 - present: Media Manager, Queensland Reds
  • 2012 - 2013: Australian U20s/Sevens Media Manager, Australian Rugby Union
  • 2011: Media Manager, 2011 Rugby World Cup, Canadian Rugby Union

Paul Carozza - Elite Development Coordinator

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


Major Achievements

  • 2016: Super U20 Champions, Queensland
  • 2015: National U20 finalists, Queensland
  • 1995: Super 10 Champions, Queensland (player)
  • 1994: Super 10 Champions, Queensland (player)
  • 1992: Bledisloe Cup, Wallabies (player)

Coaching Career

  • 2015-present: Reds Elite Development Coordinator
  • 2013-2014: Reds Development Head Coach
  • 2012: ARU National Academy, Queensland Head Coach
  • 2008-2011: Reds Academy Head Coach
  • 2004-2008: ARU National Talent Squad, Queensland Head Coach
  • 2000-2003: Director of Rugby, Brisbane Boys College

Playing Career

  • 1990-1993: Wallabies (15 tests)
  • 1988-1996: Queensland Reds (94 games)
  • 1986-1997: Wests Rugby Football Club

Henry Gilbert – Physical Preparation Coordinator, Reds Elite Development Squad

Henry Gilbert is entering his fifth season with Queensland Rugby Union.

His role as Physical Preparation Coordinator for the Reds Elite Development Squad sees him working closely with Queensland’s elite pathway players as they make the transition from schoolboys rugby to their first professional program.

Gilbert was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City in their championship-winning campaigns of 2014 and 2015.


Professional History

  • 2014 - present: Physical Preparation Coordinator – Reds Elite Development Squad
  • 2014 - present: Head Strength and Conditioning Coach – Brisbane City, National Rugby Championship
  • 2013: Assistant Strength and Power Coach, Queensland Reds
  • 2013 - 2014: Head Strength and Conditioning Coach – West Brisbane Rugby
  • 2012 - 2013: Strength and Conditioning Coach – St. Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace
  • 2013: Rehabilitation Coach – Queensland Firebirds, Netball

Major Achievements

  • 2015: Undefeated NRC Champions – Brisbane City, National Rugby Championship
  • 2014: Inaugural NRC Champions