Reds exit for McKenzie

Date published: March 19 2013

Reds director of coaching Ewen McKenzie will leave the side at the end of the 2013 season to pursue an international coaching dream.

Reds director of coaching Ewen McKenzie is to move on at the end of the season to pursue an international level coaching dream.

This decision adds weight to speculation McKenzie is in line for the Wallabies job, with current head coach Robbie Deans contracted until the end of the year.

“My experience at the Reds and with Queensland Rugby will be something I'll always treasure but I feel the time is right to pursue new coaching challenges outside of Super Rugby,” McKenzie said.

“Anyone who knows me understands I have strong coaching ambitions and, after spending nine years coaching at a Super Rugby level, I'm excited about pursuing a different role either here or overseas.

“It was an extremely tough decision to make as I'll leave here at the end of the season with many great memories. But, I also feel the organisation is in a strong position to move forward and continue its success in future seasons.

“Knowing that the Rugby program is in a position of strength for the future does make the decision slightly easier as you know the culture and structures are in the right place.

“Having clarity for the future is also a positive for the organisation, the staff and the team and we can now move forward and focus on winning another championship this year.”

During the recent off-season the Reds brought in Richard Graham, who joined from the Western Force as head coach. That subsequently means the Queensland franchise possess a ready-made replacement for the outgoing McKenzie.

News of McKenzie's departure at the end of the season will not only interest those in the southern hemisphere as Six Nations outfits may also be keeping tabs on his situation.