Richard Graham safe at Reds after performance review

ALEX HEINKE reports.

Richard Graham has escaped the chopping block and been reinstated as head coach of the Queensland Reds for the upcoming Super Rugby season.

Under a new structure and season objectives, Graham will look to improve his 28 per cent winning record at the club in 2016.


Former Wallabies centre Dan Herbert has been shifted from the commercial sector and will effectively be the Reds’ chief executive, according to QRU chairman Rod McCall.

“We fully understand that the results of the Reds over the last two seasons have been unacceptable, however we feel strongly that Richard is the right man to lead us into the 2016 season under this new structure,” McCall said.

This means Herbert will be responsible for all off-field matters, leaving Graham to concentrate purely on coaching.

The contract extension is for one year only, and it is understood only a finals appearance can guarantee a longer stay for Graham.

The new structure was the result of a high performance review, with that probe finding the club was deficient in almost every aspect.

The job won’t get easier for Graham with three Wallabies, Will Genia, Quade Cooper and James Horwill not returning to the ranks for the upcoming season.