New Wallabies coaching co-ordinator Tony McGahan.
New Wallabies coaching co-ordinator Tony McGahan. Dino Panato

Tony is Wallabies 2IC

MARION McGahan was one proud mother yesterday after her eldest son Tony was appointed Wallabies coaching co-ordinator.

He is number 2 behind head coach Robbie Deans. Andrew Blades is new forwards coach and Nick Scrivener coaching assistant.

Tony went to school at St Mary's and Assumption College before making the Queensland schoolboys rugby union team in his first year in rugby at Nudgee College.

In 1990, he captained the Warwick Cowboys to a TRL premiership in the under-18 grade while attending Warwick State High School.

"Tony has worked long hours in Ireland to prove himself as a coach," Marion said.

"It will be great to have Tony, his wife Libby and their three children home."

The new coaching team will be in place for the upcoming 2012 Castrol EDGE Rugby Series, which includes the inaugural Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship featuring Australia, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa.

Tony has been appointed to a newly created position.

He has been in charge at Munster in Ireland for the past four seasons after starting in Ireland in 2005 as skills and defence coach for the backs at Munster.

During his career with the Cowboys, Tony was primarily a halfback but played inside centre in rugby union.

The former Warwick player has also coached Japanese club IBM after coaching at Nudgee, the Churchie Firsts and Easts first grade in Brisbane.

In a press release yesterday, the Australian Rugby Union stated the former physical education teacher is no stranger to some leading Wallabies players.

He coached both ex-skipper Rocky Elsom and fellow loose forward Richard Brown at Nudgee College, taught star flanker David Pocock in the classroom at Churchie while later mentoring current Wallabies captain James Horwill and fellow team regulars, winger Digby Ioane and hooker Tatafu Polota Nau, during his time as coaching co-ordinator of the Australian under-19 side.

Marion said her son had certainly enjoyed each of his coaching roles.

"I believe he is a hard taskmaster and has experienced a lot of success with Munster," Marion said.

"Munster had a two-year offer on the table for Tony since September last year and wanted him to stay."

McGahan played two years of under-21 footy with the Brisbane Broncos and will return to his old home ground, Suncorp Stadium, when the Wallabies play the third Bledisloe Cup game against the All Blacks on October 20.

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