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Cheika or Thorn? Waratahs must decide on which prototype to model next coach | Bret Harris

One was ready-made and the other given ample time to build – if NSW decide they can afford to spend itThe NSW Waratahs are grappling with a thorny question about their next head coach. Do they appoint a promising, young coach to rebuild the team for the long term, or do they recruit an established mentor to try to achieve immediate results?There are strong arguments for both approaches.The Queensland Reds took a calculated gamble on former dual international Brad Thorn, whose only coaching experience was with Queensland Country in the defunct National Rugby Championship.It has taken Thorn four years to develop a precocious Reds teams, but the investment is possibly about to pay off handsomely. The Reds are undefeated after seven rounds of Super Rugby AU this season and are challenging the Brumbies for the mantle as Australia’s premier provincial team. Related: Rob Penney's sacking a cautionary tale for Wallabies coach Dave Rennie | Bret Harris Continue reading...

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