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Rocky Elsom (76)
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More big money (and big name) donations to Ballymore.


QRU Media Release: Alec Evans honoured with naming of NRTC Gymnasium


The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has today unveiled the ‘Alec Evans Gymnasium’ in the National Rugby Training Centre (NRTC) at Ballymore.

Surrounded by family, past and present Reds players, QRU Board Members and key Queensland Rugby dignitaries, the former Queensland captain was recognised in the newly constructed facility.

A proud Brisbane Grammar School alumnus, the 84-year-old has been a dedicated servant of the game as both a player and coach at a school, state and national level.

Upon completion of the NRTC facility in June this year, the Alec Evans Gymnasium was furnished with brand new state-of-the-art gym equipment purchased entirely through the generosity of QRU Foundation donors, including current QRU Chairman Mr Brett Clark AM and his wife Mrs Maria Clark.

Commenting on the unveiling of the gym’s naming, Mr Clark said he was honoured to celebrate Alec Evans’ contribution to rugby.

“Alec is a treasured member of the Queensland Rugby family and it’s important to tell the story of those who have helped guide us on the path to victory,” Mr Clark said.

“I’d like to make special mention of Alan Jones AO and thank him for his generous gift to the Alec Evans Gymnasium.

“Alec and Alan hold a special friendship through rugby that has spanned several decades.

“Alec was Alan’s assistant coach at the Wallabies and together they shared much success that included being the only team in World Rugby to have won the Grand Slam and one-of-only-two teams to win a series against the All Blacks in New Zealand, as well as being the last Australian side to win at Eden Park back in 1986.

“Without Alan’s contribution and support for his good friend, we wouldn’t be here today to recognise Alec’s contribution to our game.

“Similarly, I would like to thank my fellow donors Stephen and Karyn Bizzell, John Peden KC and Mandy Peden, and Dr Glen and Lisa Richards for their philanthropic gifts to the gymnasium’s new strength and conditioning equipment.

“Utilised by all Queensland Rugby male and female athletes, this equipment is second to none and will not only support enhanced team performance but foster the development of future talent in Queensland.”

Debuting for Queensland in 1959 (Queensland Representative No.708), few in Australian rugby have contributed more as a player, coach and "keeper of the standards" than Alec Evans.

A Queensland captain and noted hardman, Alec held the record for the most games played for Queensland with 56 caps in 1969.

As a coach, Alec became a renowned forwards coach, holding the singular achievement of being an assistant coach to four Wallabies coaches (Alan Jones AO, Greg Smith, Rod Macqueen AM, and John Connolly).

A succession of Queensland coaches also called-on Alec to sharpen the scrum, earning him the title of "The Scrum Doctor."

He coached Wests, Souths and the Gold Coast to Hospital Cup Premierships.

Internationally, Alec was appointed head coach of Wales and oversaw their 1995 Rugby World Cup campaign.

Attending Brisbane Grammar School, Alec captained the 1st XV to the school's first-ever GPS Rugby Premiership before later returning as a coach and guided them to another title in 1979.

An Honorary Life Member of both the Queensland Rugby Union and Rugby Australia, Alec was inducted into the Queensland Rugby Hall of Fame in 2015.

The Alec Evans Medal is awarded annually to Queensland Premier Rugby’s Player of the Year with Bond University’s Rhian Stowers awarded the medal at last week’s Grand Final Breakfast.
 

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Phil Kearns (64)
More big money (and big name) donations to Ballymore.


QRU Media Release: Alec Evans honoured with naming of NRTC Gymnasium

“Similarly, I would like to thank my fellow donors Stephen and Karyn Bizzell, John Peden KC and Mandy Peden, and DR (Dave Rennie) Glen and Lisa Richards for their philanthropic gifts to the gymnasium’s new strength and conditioning equipment.

Nice of Dave Rennie to chip in
 

LeCheese

Jim Lenehan (48)
More big money (and big name) donations to Ballymore.


QRU Media Release: Alec Evans honoured with naming of NRTC Gymnasium


The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has today unveiled the ‘Alec Evans Gymnasium’ in the National Rugby Training Centre (NRTC) at Ballymore.

Surrounded by family, past and present Reds players, QRU Board Members and key Queensland Rugby dignitaries, the former Queensland captain was recognised in the newly constructed facility.

A proud Brisbane Grammar School alumnus, the 84-year-old has been a dedicated servant of the game as both a player and coach at a school, state and national level.

Upon completion of the NRTC facility in June this year, the Alec Evans Gymnasium was furnished with brand new state-of-the-art gym equipment purchased entirely through the generosity of QRU Foundation donors, including current QRU Chairman Mr Brett Clark AM and his wife Mrs Maria Clark.

Commenting on the unveiling of the gym’s naming, Mr Clark said he was honoured to celebrate Alec Evans’ contribution to rugby.

“Alec is a treasured member of the Queensland Rugby family and it’s important to tell the story of those who have helped guide us on the path to victory,” Mr Clark said.

“I’d like to make special mention of Alan Jones AO and thank him for his generous gift to the Alec Evans Gymnasium.

“Alec and Alan hold a special friendship through rugby that has spanned several decades.

“Alec was Alan’s assistant coach at the Wallabies and together they shared much success that included being the only team in World Rugby to have won the Grand Slam and one-of-only-two teams to win a series against the All Blacks in New Zealand, as well as being the last Australian side to win at Eden Park back in 1986.

“Without Alan’s contribution and support for his good friend, we wouldn’t be here today to recognise Alec’s contribution to our game.

“Similarly, I would like to thank my fellow donors Stephen and Karyn Bizzell, John Peden KC and Mandy Peden, and DR (Dave Rennie) Glen and Lisa Richards for their philanthropic gifts to the gymnasium’s new strength and conditioning equipment.

“Utilised by all Queensland Rugby male and female athletes, this equipment is second to none and will not only support enhanced team performance but foster the development of future talent in Queensland.”

Debuting for Queensland in 1959 (Queensland Representative No.708), few in Australian rugby have contributed more as a player, coach and "keeper of the standards" than Alec Evans.

A Queensland captain and noted hardman, Alec held the record for the most games played for Queensland with 56 caps in 1969.

As a coach, Alec became a renowned forwards coach, holding the singular achievement of being an assistant coach to four Wallabies coaches (Alan Jones AO, Greg Smith, Rod Macqueen AM, and John Connolly).

A succession of Queensland coaches also called-on Alec to sharpen the scrum, earning him the title of "The Scrum Doctor."

He coached Wests, Souths and the Gold Coast to Hospital Cup Premierships.

Internationally, Alec was appointed head coach of Wales and oversaw their 1995 Rugby World Cup campaign.

Attending Brisbane Grammar School, Alec captained the 1st XV to the school's first-ever GPS Rugby Premiership before later returning as a coach and guided them to another title in 1979.

An Honorary Life Member of both the Queensland Rugby Union and Rugby Australia, Alec was inducted into the Queensland Rugby Hall of Fame in 2015.

The Alec Evans Medal is awarded annually to Queensland Premier Rugby’s Player of the Year with Bond University’s Rhian Stowers awarded the medal at last week’s Grand Final Breakfast.
Awesome to see some of the faces that turned up for the presentation too - several BGS products and staff, current men's and women's players and staff, and vintage Reds.

My dad was coached by him (in both rugby and rowing) at BGS and has always spoken incredibly highly of Alec the coach and Alec the person.

He really has made his mark with several generations of talent, and it's wonderful to see him get his flowers.
 

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Rocky Elsom (76)
Staff member
What I've appreciated with the opening of the new facility is that it seems to have facilitated a reconnection with former Reds coaches. Both Knuckles Connolly and Phil Mooney have been there recently at QRU events which is great to see. Some great minds there and contributors to the game.
 

LeCheese

Jim Lenehan (48)
What I've appreciated with the opening of the new facility is that it seems to have facilitated a reconnection with former Reds coaches. Both Knuckles Connolly and Phil Mooney have been there recently at QRU events which is great to see. Some great minds there and contributors to the game.
I had assumed Phil was there solely due to the BGS connection, like Ron Cochrane, Brian Short, and others - great to hear QRU is seemingly trying to keep rugby IQ close
 

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Michael Lynagh (62)
I had assumed Phil was there solely due to the BGS connection, like Ron Cochrane, Brian Short, and others - great to hear QRU is seemingly trying to keep rugby IQ close
Also has the Wests connection now with him coming in as Director of Rugby there.
 

Wilson

Michael Lynagh (62)
Reds coaching team locked in:

It looks like a solid group, particularly happy to see Zane Hilton coming back in. Strong London Irish connection otherwise, which hopefully means they can hit the ground running as a group.

Sad to see Heenan go though, feel like he has been dicked around a bit with the one year contract. Hopefully he's not lost to Australian (and ideally QLD) rugby long term.
 

LeCheese

Jim Lenehan (48)
Word on the street is that the players weren't really gelling with Heenan (or the role he was asked to fulfil)
 

TSR

Mark Ella (57)
Reds coaching team locked in:

It looks like a solid group, particularly happy to see Zane Hilton coming back in. Strong London Irish connection otherwise, which hopefully means they can hit the ground running as a group.

Sad to see Heenan go though, feel like he has been dicked around a bit with the one year contract. Hopefully he's not lost to Australian (and ideally QLD) rugby long term.
Do you know if there is any chance he would consider a stint OS to broaden his experience?

Would love to see him back at the Reds one day given he is a local guy who seems a genuine coaching talent but it also seems to me that our coaching pipeline benefits from exposure to other environments as part of their development.
 

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Herbert Moran (7)
Looks like an unsurprising (and understandable if you’re the new main man) clean out and fresh start. Big Bosses backing Les Kiss massively; I am excited for some new energy and ideas.
 

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Jimmy Flynn (14)
Les Kiss at today's press conference: There will be an announcement probably in the next week that the Reds have signed a really exciting young backrower and maybe a couple of more signings before the end of the year. Any ideas who it could be?
 

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Greg Davis (50)
Interesting coaching decisions, would be close to our most experienced coaching team in two decades?

Only question is does place is, how does this help the coaching pathway for Australian coaches and are QRU/RA helping Heenan land on his feet as it seems like a possible waste of rugby IP?
 
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Sydney Middleton (9)
Les Kiss at today's press conference: There will be an announcement probably in the next week that the Reds have signed a really exciting young backrower and maybe a couple of more signings before the end of the year. Any ideas who it could be?
Not sure backrow is really the position that we need to bolster with Wright, McReight, Wilson, Uru, Anderson and Bryant. I'd much rather we sign another lock.
 

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Rocky Elsom (76)
Staff member
Les Kiss at today's press conference: There will be an announcement probably in the next week that the Reds have signed a really exciting young backrower and maybe a couple of more signings before the end of the year. Any ideas who it could be?

will be interesting to see - exciting young backrower like PJ Sua young and exciting type or a Leafi Talataina type or a Charlie Cale type or even Sean McMahon who is still a young 29 (it won't be him).

Meanwhile, I've heard Keynan Tauakipulu will be with Moana Pacifika next season
 

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Michael Lynagh (62)
will be interesting to see - exciting young backrower like PJ Sua young and exciting type or a Leafi Talataina type or a Charlie Cale type or even Sean McMahon who is still a young 29 (it won't be him).

Meanwhile, I've heard Keynan Tauakipulu will be with Moana Pacifika next season
I'd hope for Kiss to be teasing it at a press conference at the same time as his coaching team for his first season in charge it'd be someone around 19-21, relatively ready for super rugby. If they're younger than that I'd expect a Tupou level prospect.

Definitely looks like there's room for a young back row though. Probably someone who can cover lock with Faifua and Tauakipulu moving on and Upfield and Vest still to re-sign. Still think we need another out and out lock though.
 
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