Richard Graham has been sacked from his role as coach of the embattled Queensland Reds just two games into the new Super Rugby season.
Graham, who was head coach for the past three seasons, will be replaced by interim co-coaches Matt O’Connor and Nick Stiles.
Graham was controversially reappointed last August under a new structure despite having just a 28 per cent winning record in Super Rugby after the Reds maintained their dire record by winning only four games under him last season.
Little appeared to change this season as the Reds fumbled their way to ugly losses in their opening two games, culminating in a 22-3 defeat to the reigning wooden spooners Western Force at Suncorp Stadium.
The Queensland Rugby Union said today it would commence a worldwide process to appoint a head coach for the 2017 Super Rugby season, with O’Connor and Stiles invited to apply.
Graham was quoted in a QRU statement as saying: “I’m naturally disappointed.