Queensland Reds manager Brad Thorn has reacted with disappointment to “annoying” accusations that he “wasn’t good to work with” at Rugby Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald this week reported Thorn’s interest in succeeding Dave Rennie as Wallabies manager, but in the same article he quoted an unnamed RA source throwing cold water on those ambitions .
“In the context of getting bigger changes around high performance training, Thorn hasn’t been good to work with,” the senior source told SMH.
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“He hasn’t been a team player. A decision doesn’t have to be made now, but he better change that – and quickly.”
Thorn, who has led a Reds revival in Australia’s top Super Rugby team, responded to the accusations on Thursday.
“It’s always interesting when someone says something like that, but if there’s no name, who am I talking to?” says the former double code champion.
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“If someone close to me, my staff or my family criticized me in this way, it hurts, but who are you talking to?
“I’ve been great in the team here. I don’t really know what to say.”
Rennie is under contract until the end of next year’s Rugby World Cup and Thorn, alongside Brumbies manager and Wallabies assistant Dan McKellar, are the main domestic suitors to replace him .
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“Why do I have to talk about it. I just live my life doing my thing,” Thorn said.
“It’s boring. I’m happy to talk about something if something’s on my mind, to have a conversation, to communicate, but if you don’t have a name…it sucks for me, I’m here to talk about.
“I just said what I would like to think most Super Rugby coaches in Australia would say – they hold the Wallabies and the coaching role in high regard, it would be an honour, a privilege and a responsibility if you ever had this opportunity.
“At some point who knows where you’d end up – maybe not coaching the Wallabies but doing something else with your life. Maybe staying in coaching – and wouldn’t it be a positive thing to represent your country that way? ?
“Those are the words I said and my name is next to them.”
The Reds take on the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday night.
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