MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A bemused Brad Thorn defended his record as a participant and a coach on Thursday after a media report quoting an unnamed Rugby Australia (RA) supply poured chilly water on his aspirations of coaching the Wallabies.
Former All Black and present Queensland Reds coach Thorn mentioned this week he hoped he may be thought of for the Wallabies job sooner or later sooner or later.
However, the Sydney Morning Herald revealed feedback from a “high-ranking” RA supply who mentioned Thorn had not been good to work with or a group participant and wanted to “flip that round”.
Thorn advised reporters the feedback had been “water off a duck’s again” however urged critics to come back ahead and converse to him.
“I don’t know who I’m speaking to. If somebody near me, my workers or my household or one thing, had been critiquing me in that means, then yeah, it hurts,” he mentioned.
“But … who’re you speaking to? There’s no identify to it.
“It’s annoying that I’ve obtained to face right here. If you are feeling strongly about one thing, have a chat, talk. That’s regular.”
The newspaper report triggered a livid response from Queensland Rugby Union boss David Hanham, who defended Thorn and raised his considerations with RA boss Andy Marinos.
Dual code worldwide Thorn represented Australia in rugby league and was a part of New Zealand’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad in rugby union.
He guided the Reds to the home Super Rugby AU title final yr, their first piece of silverware in a decade.
“League or union, I wasn’t just like the man scoring plenty of tries or flash stuff,” he mentioned.
“I used to be typically doing breakdowns and taking hits and legs and extra of the group stuff – and I’ve been large on group right here.”
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is contracted by means of subsequent yr’s World Cup however a superb lead to France might see him retained by means of to the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia in 2025.
Rennie’s forwards coach Dan McKellar, in his final season coaching the ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby, is seen as a possible successor for the Wallabies job.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford)