Super Rugby


Head Coach: Brad Thorn
Assistant Coach: Tony McGahan
Assistant Coach: Paul Carozza
Head coach, Reds Elite Youth Development: Jason Gilmore
Senior Analyst: Michael Todd

Athletic Performance

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach: Brynley Abad
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Daniel Cooper
Sports Science Coordinator: James Mann
Sports Performance Dietician: Sally Baumann


Team Doctor: Daelyn Cullen
Head Physiotherapist: Cameron Lillicrap
Physiotherapist: Gina Nelson


General Manager, Professional Rugby: Sam Cordingley
Team Manager: Thomas Barker
Player Development Manager: Matt Smith
Media Manager: Tom Kennedy

Brad Thorn - Head Coach

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.

Coaching History

  • 2018: St.George Queensland Reds, Head Coach
  • 2017: Bond University Queensland Country, Head Coach
  • 2017: St.George Queensland Reds, Contact Coach
  • 2017: Queensland Under 20s, Head Coach
  • 2016: Bond University Queensland Country, Forwards Coach
  • 2016: Queensland Under 20s, Forwards Coach

Major Achievements (Coaching)

  • 2017: National Rugby Championship winners, Queensland Country
  • 2017: Super U20s Champions (undefeated), Queensland
  • 2016: Super U20s Champions, Queensland

Playing History

  • 2016: Queensland Country, National Rugby Championship
  • 2014 - 2015: Leicester, Aviva Premiership
  • 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, Broncos
  • 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

Tony McGahan - Assistant Coach

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.

Coaching History

  • 2018: St.George Queensland Reds, Assistant Coach
  • 2013 - 2017: Melbourne Rebels, Head Coach
  • 2012 - 2013: Wallabies, Coaching Coordinator
  • 2008 - 2012: Munster Rugby, Director of Rugby
  • 2005 - 2008: Munster Rugby Ireland, Assistant Coach
  • 2005: IBM Japan Top League, Coaching Coordinator
  • 2003: Australian U19, Coaching coordinator
  • 2003: Queensland A, Assistant coach
  • 2000 - 2003: Anglican Church Grammar School 1st XV, Head Coach
  • 1996-2000: Nudgee College 1st XV - Assistant Coach

Major Achievements

  • 2012: Cook Cup winners, Wallabies
  • 2012: Puma Trophy winners, Wallabies
  • 2012: Mandela Plate Challenge winners, Wallabies
  • 2012: James Bevan Trophy winners, Wallabies
  • 2011: Celtic League Champions, Munster
  • 2010: Win over touring Wallabies, Munster
  • 2009: Celtic League Champions, Munster
  • 2008: Heineken Cup Champions, Munster
  • 2006: Heineken Cup Champions, Munster

Paul Carozza - Assistant Coach

Paul Carozza joins the St.George Queensland Reds as an assistant coach for the 2018 Super Rugby season, after successful support roles with the Queensland U20s and Bond University Queensland Country in 2017.

Carozza brings 18 years of experience to the role, after taking on his first coaching role with Brisbane Boys College back in 2000 – following more than a decade of playing success with Queensland and Australia.

As a speedy winger for both Queensland and Australia in the 1980s and 90s, Carozza won 94 caps for the Reds and played 15 times for the Wallabies. He 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 into 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 most recent role as Reds Elite Development Coordinator.

Coaching History

  • 2018: St.George Queensland Reds, Assistant Coach
  • 2017: Bond University Queensland Country, Assistant Coach
  • 2017: Queensland Under 20s, Assistant Coach
  • 2016: Queensland Under 20s, Assistant Coach
  • 2015 - present: Reds Elite Development, Coordinator
  • 2013 - 2014: Reds Development Squad, 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

Major Achievements (Coaching)

  • 2017: National Rugby Championship winners, Queensland Country
  • 2017: Super U20 Champions (undefeated), Queensland
  • 2016: Super U20 Champions, Queensland
  • 2015: National U20 finalists, Queensland

Playing History

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

Major Achievements (playing)

  • 1995: Super 10 Champions, Queensland
  • 1994: Super 10 Champions, Queensland
  • 1992: Bledisloe Cup, Wallabies

Jason Gilmore - Head coach, Reds Elite Youth Development

Jason Gilmore has returned to the St.George Queensland Reds Elite Youth Development program to ensure Queensland Rugby Union continues to identify, develop and retain the best young prospects in its pathway.

Gilmore has more than a decade of coaching experience in various roles within the Queensland pathway, including most recently as defence coach of the St.George Queensland Reds.

Prior to that, Gilmore had 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 National Rugby Championship.

Gilmore also led Anglican Church Grammar School to an undefeated GPS title in 2014.

Coaching History

  • 2018: Reds Elite Youth Development, Head Coach
  • 2017: St.George Queensland Reds, Defence Coach
  • 2016: Australian Under 20s, Defence Coach
  • 2016: Bond University Queensland Country, Defence Coach
  • 2015 - 2016: Queensland Under 20s, Head Coach
  • 2015: Bond University Queensland Country, Head Coach
  • 2013 - 2014: Anglican Church Grammar School First XV, Head Coach
  • 2011 - 2012: Toowoomba Grammar School First XV, Head Coach
  • 2010 - 2013: Queensland Under 16s, Head Coach
  • 2010: Australian Under 20s, Defence Coach
  • 2009 - 2010: Queensland A, Skills Coach
  • 2008 - 2010: Souths Premier Grade, Assistant Coach
  • 2007 - 2010: Junior Reds, Elite Development Coach
  • 2007: Queensland Academy of Sport Under 19s, Head Coach
  • 2006 - 2007: Easts Premier Colts, Head Coach

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

Michael Todd – Senior Analyst

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

Daniel Cooper - Strength and Conditioning Coach

Daniel Cooper will bring a new and unique perspective to the St.George Queensland Reds team environment, after spending the past 17 years in Australia’s Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) as both a Special Forces Operator and High Performance Coach.

While Cooper’s professional history for the better part of two decades was in the Australian Defence Force, he has also worked in multiple elite sport environments in recent years, including the Australian Institute of Sport, the Fremantle Dockers and the Western Force.

Professional history

  • November 2017 - present: St.George Queensland Reds, Strength and Conditioning coach
  • 2009 - 2017: Australian Special Air Service High Performance Coach
  • 2001 - 2017: Special Forces Operator/Team leader

James Mann - Sports Science Coordinator

James Mann is a passionate sports science professional with a particular interest in strength and conditioning. James grew up in Brisbane and has been involved in the Queensland Reds set up since 2016.

Over the pre-season, James moved into his permanent role as sports science coordinator where he will continue to assist athletes in reaching their goals.

Outside of Rugby, James has also coached Brisbane Grammar School’s Volleyball team at a GPS, State and National level.

With a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, James will be able to continue the strong rapport he’s already built with members of the Reds’ squad.

Professional history

  • 2016 - Present: St.George Queensland Reds
  • 2015: Norths Rugby Union
  • 2011 - Present: Brisbane Grammar School, Volleyball Coach


  • 2013 - 2016: Australian Catholic University

Sally Baumann - Sports Performance Dietician

With over four years of experience as a Sports Dietitian in Brisbane, Sally Baumann joins the Reds on a full-time basis as performance dietician.

Recently Sally has been the Head of Department of Inspire Health Services whilst also undertaking a Sports Nutrition fellowship at the Reds.

Sally has a Masters of Dietetics from the University of Queensland as well as a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition) from the Queensland University of Technology.

Sally returns to QUT as a guest lecturer, tutoring aspiring students and has previously helped with the programs at both Stuartholme and St. Joseph’s Nudgee College.

Clinical Experience

  • August 2014 - Present: Inspire Health Services, Head of Department and Company Shareholder
  • November 2015 – November 2016: Queensland Rugby Union, Sports Nutrition Fellowship
  • November 2013 – August 2014: Urban Rowing, Sports Dietitian
  • March 2014 – August 2014: Key Health Indicators, Sports and Private Practice Dietitian

Professional History

  • March 2015 – Present: Queensland University of Technology, Guest Lecturer
  • April 2015: FC11 TAFE Course, Guest Lecturer
  • June 2015 – June 2016: Nudgee College
  • March 2015 – 2016: Stuartholme
  • June 2014 – Present: Preferred Provider for UQBC, Albany Creek FC, T3 Coaching, Podium Life Cycling, SBR Triathlon
  • June 2014 – Present: Rowing Australia Preferred Provider

Daelyn Cullen - Team Doctor

Daelyn joined the St.George Queensland Reds as Team Doctor during the 2018 Super Rugby pre-season.

It will be Daelyn’s first season working full time in a Super Rugby environment but she has spent the last 25 years working in community Rugby. Daelyn has travelled with the Australian Hockey and Waterpolo teams and has been the match-day doctor at Suncorp Stadium covering Rugby for the last five years.

In addition, Daelyn has also covered the Cold Coast and and Sydney World Series Sevens competitions, Hong Kong Sevens and had the honour of travelling to the Rio Olympic Games as the Australian Sevens Team Tournament Doctor.

In her new role as Reds’ Tem Doctor, Daelyn will bring three years of experience as World Rugby Senior Medical educator where she has taught Super Rugby Doctors and Physios about the management of acute trauma and concussion on the sporting ground.


  • November 2017 – present: St.George Queensland Reds, Team Doctor
  • 2016: Olympic Games Rio, Australian Sevens Team Tournament Doctor
  • 2016 & 2017: Sydney Sevens, Tournament Doctor
  • 2013: Australian Waterpolo, Doctor
  • 2010: Western Force, Assistant Doctor
  • 2003: Rugby World Cup, Match Doctor and Medical Coordinator (WA)
  • 2001 – 2005: Australian Hockeyroos, Doctor


  • 2016 – 2016: World Rugby, Senior Educator/Trainer, ICIR
  • 2014 – Present: World Rugby, Immediate Care in Rugby Level 3 Course
  • 2014 & 2016: World Rugby, Medical Educator Course
  • 1997 – 2007: University of Otago, MBChB, Medicine

Cameron Lillicrap - Head Physiotherapist

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

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

  • 2017: National Rugby Championship winners, Queensland Country
  • 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

Sam Cordingley – General Manager, Professional Rugby

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: General Manager, Professional Rugby
  • 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 Manager

Thomas Barker is entering his third seas 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.

Professional History

  • 2015 - present: Team Manager, St.George Queensland Reds
  • 2012 - 2015: Football Administration Officer, Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club

Matthew Smith – Player Development Manager

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

Tom Kennedy is entering his fifth season as the St.George Queensland Reds’ Media Manager.

He has also worked with the Australian Rugby Union and Rugby Canada.

Professional History

  • 2014 - present: Media Manager, Queensland Reds
  • 2012 - 2013: Australian Rugby Union, Multimedia Coordinator
  • 2011: Rugby Canada, Media Manager 2011 Rugby World Cup