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Graham to join Reds in 2013

Western Force coach Richard Graham will leave the club at the end of the Super 15 season and join Queensland Reds next year.

Current Reds boss Ewen McKenzie will become director of coaching for the defending champions.

A Queensland statement read: "Queensland Rugby is planning for the future and establishing a new coaching structure which will see Super Rugby-winning coach Ewen McKenzie appointed as the St George Queensland Reds director of coaching in 2013 before transitioning to Queensland Rugby's inaugural director of rugby in 2014 and beyond."

It continued: "The new structure is a result of a six-month plan which evaluated the requirements of the elite football department and its implementation has allowed for Western Force coach and former Reds full-back Richard Graham to be secured as head coach of the Reds for the 2013 season and beyond."

Graham, who played for the Reds between 1998 and 2002, said returning home - after serving as Force head coach since 2010 and as a skills coach for Australia from 2009 to 2010 - was based on family reasons as well as his ambitions in the sport.

"I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate my time in Perth with the Western Force, and the experience I have gained over the past two years I believe will make me a better coach for the next stage in my career," the 39-year-old said.

"The opportunity to return to Queensland with my family and coach my former team is something I couldn't pass up."


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