Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn has reacted with disappointment to “annoying” accusations that he “has not been good to work with” at Rugby Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald this week reported Thorn’s curiosity in succeeding Dave Rennie as Wallabies coach however in the identical piece quoted an unnamed RA supply throwing chilly water onto these ambitions.
“In the context of getting greater changes around high performance coaching, Thorn has not been good to work with,” the extremely positioned supply advised the SMH.
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“He has not been a team player. A decision doesn’t have to be made now but he had better turn that around – and quickly.”
Thorn, who has led a Reds revival into the perfect Super Rugby workforce in Australia, responded to these fees on Thursday.
“It’s always interesting when someone says something like that but if there’s no name to it – who am I talking to?” the previous twin code champion mentioned.
“If someone close to me, my staff or my family were critiquing me in that way then it hurts, but who are you talking to?
“I’ve been huge on workforce right here. I do not actually know what to say.”
Rennie is contracted through to the end of next year’s Rugby World Cup and Thorn, alongside Brumbies coach and Wallabies assistant Dan McKellar, are the leading domestic contenders to replace him.
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“Why am I having to speak about it. I’m simply residing my life doing my factor,” Thorn said.
“It’s annoying. I’m comfortable to speak about one thing if I really feel strongly about one thing, have a chat, talk, but when you do not have a reputation to it… it sucks for me I’m standing right here speaking about this.
“I just said what I’d like to think most Super Rugby coaches in Australia would say – they hold the Wallabies and the coaching role in high esteem, it would be an honour and a privilege and a responsibility if you ever got that opportunity.
“Sometime down the monitor who is aware of the place you’d find yourself – possibly not teaching the Wallabies however doing one thing else in your life. Maybe keep in teaching – and would not that be a constructive factor to symbolize your nation in that means?
“That’s the words I’ve said and my name’s next to it.”
The Reds play the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday night time.
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