Ex-Wallaby joins Reds coaching staff

Date published: April 8 2013

Former Wallabies prop Nick Stiles will join the Reds coaching staff as their forwards coach for the 2014 season.

Former Wallabies prop Nick Stiles will join the Reds coaching staff as their forwards coach for the 2014 season.

Stiles will leave the Western Force at the end of the current Super Rugby season to re-join a Reds organisation where he accumulated 96 provincial caps during an impressive eight-year playing career.

Since retirement, Stiles has enjoyed a seamless transition into coaching where he has enjoyed success at a schoolboy club and Super Rugby level.

Stiles initially commenced his coaching career as the director of coaching at the University of Queensland (2005-2007).

The 39-year-old progressed into both a coaching consultant and forwards coach role for Japanese Top League club Kubota Spears (2005-2010), and is now the forwards coach at the Western Force.

Reds head coach Richard Graham said Stiles would be a welcome addition to their set-up.

“Nick gave many great years to Queensland as a player and he now has an opportunity to continue his service to the club in a coaching capacity,” Graham said.

“He is someone who is very highly regarded by his peers and as a former Queensland and Wallaby prop has been able to use his knowledge and experiences as a player into being a successful coach.

“Nick's made a positive impact everywhere he has been and he has a proven track record in getting results. When he began at the Western Force he took what was the eleventh ranked set-piece from 2010 to the third ranked set-piece in the competition during his first year.

“I'm confident he has all the attributes needed to have a positive influence at the Reds and we look forward to Nick joining our team for 2014.”

Stiles, who represented Australia in 12 Tests, said he was looking forward to the challenge of joining the Reds next season.

“It has been a satisfying experience working with the Western Force and I've thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to have played a part in their growth over the past three seasons,” Stiles said.

“However, I feel as though it's an appropriate time to return to Queensland with my family and pursue the next challenge in my coaching journey with my former club, the Reds.

“As a former player there has always been an ambition to one day return to Queensland and coach, so I'm looking forward to having that opportunity in 2014.”