Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

We Must Start Winning; New Reds Coach Backs Halves Pair

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

We Must Start Winning; New Reds Coach Backs Halves Pair

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Byline: Alex Nolan Alex.Nolan@scnews.com.au

RUGBY UNION: Not only do the Queensland Reds want to make season 2017 a success, they have to.

That's the message coming from new full-time coach Nick Stiles, who was with the squad training on the Coast yesterday.

Stiles co-coached the Reds with Matt O'Connor after the Super Rugby outfit sacked coach Richard Graham at the start of the 2016 season.

He and his squad suffered through 11 losses to finish 15th on the ladder (second-last in the Australian conference).

But with a handful of key players returning to Ballymore this pre-season, namely Quade Cooper, Stephen Moore, George Smith and Leroy Houston, Stiles believes he has the cattle to propel the Reds back to the heights of its maiden championship in 2011.

He said he hoped the trip to the Coast, and others like it, would re-engage fans and make them feel like they're "part of the side again".

"We've got to win," he declared. "I don't hide from the fact we've been poor over the past few years and its important to understand where we've come from and be honest about that. …

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