Tony McGahan

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Tony McGahan
Birth nameTony McGahan
Date of birth1972 (age 4647)
Rugby union career
Position(s)Assistant Coach Queensland Reds
Teams coached
Melbourne Rebels
Queensland Reds (Assistant)

Tony McGahan is an Australian rugby union coach who is currently an assistant coach at the Queensland Reds.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

Queensland Reds Australian rugby union team

The Queensland Reds is the rugby union team for the Australian state of Queensland that competes in the Southern Hemisphere's Super Rugby competition. Prior to 1996 they were a representative team selected from the rugby union club competitions in Queensland. With the introduction of the professional Super 12 competition they moved to a model where players are contracted to the Reds through the Queensland Rugby Union rather than selected on the basis of club form.


Early career

Born in Queensland, Australia, a teacher by profession, a BE in Physical Education from Queensland University of Technology, he played Rugby Union (inside centre) with Queensland Schoolboys and Eastern Districts and Rugby League with Queensland U16s/19s, Australian Universities.[ citation needed ]

Queensland University of Technology university in Australia

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a public research university located in the urban coastal city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. QUT is located on two campuses in the Brisbane area: Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove. The university in its current form was founded in 1989, when the then Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT) was granted university status by the 'Queensland University of Technology Act' passed in 1988, and by the subsequent merger of Brisbane College of Advanced Education with QUT in 1990.


In July 2008, McGahan took up the position as the director of coaching of Munster following Declan Kidney's departure to take over as Ireland coach. [1] [2] He had been involved with the Munster team since 2005 as the defence and backs coach. [3]

Munster Rugby Irish professional rugby team

Munster Rugby is one of the four professional provincial rugby teams from the island of Ireland. They compete in the Pro14 and the European Rugby Champions Cup. The team represents the IRFU Munster Branch, which is one of four primary branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union throughout the geographical Irish province of Munster. The team motto is "To the brave and faithful, nothing is impossible." This is derived from the motto of the MacCarthy clan – "Forti et Fideli nihil difficile". Their main home ground is Thomond Park, Limerick, though some games are played at Irish Independent Park, Cork.

Declan Kidney Irish rugby union footballer and coach

Declan Kidney is an Irish rugby union coach. He was the head coach of the Ireland national rugby union team from 2008 to 2013, where he won the 2009 Six Nations with a Grand Slam, winning the 2009 IRB Coach of the Year award. He was also the head coach at Munster, leading them to four Heineken Cup finals, in 2006 and 2008. He is currently Director of Rugby at London Irish having been appointed in March 2018.

Ireland national rugby union team sports team

The Ireland national rugby union team represents the island of Ireland in rugby union. The team competes annually in the Six Nations Championship and every four years in the Rugby World Cup. Ireland is also one of the four unions that make up the British and Irish Lions – players eligible to play for Ireland are also eligible for the Lions.

In May 2011 he coached Munster to win the 2010–11 Celtic League Grand Final against Leinster at Thomond Park. [4]

The 2010–11 Magners League was the tenth Celtic League season and the fifth with Magners as title sponsor. The regular season began on 3 September 2010 and finished on the weekend of 6–8 May 2011. During these stages, each team played every other team both home and away and were awarded points according to the standard bonus point system. This was the second season to follow the play-off structure to determine the Magners League champion, with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals. The winner of each semi final advanced to the Grand Final, which took place 28 May and was hosted by the team that finished highest in the table following the regular season. The title was won by Munster who defeated Leinster by 19–9 at Thomond Park.

The 2010-11 Celtic League Grand Final was the final match of the 2010–11 Celtic League season. The final was won by Munster who defeated Leinster by 19-9 at Thomond Park to claim their third Celtic League title.

Leinster Rugby Irish rugby union team

Leinster Rugby is one of the four professional provincial rugby teams from the island of Ireland and the most successful Irish team both domestically and in European competition. They compete in the Pro14 and the European Rugby Champions Cup. The team represents the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) Leinster Branch, which is one of four primary branches of the IRFU and is responsible for rugby union throughout the geographical Irish province of Leinster.

McGahan left Munster at the end of the 2011–12 season, to take up a role as Australian defence coach. [5]


McGahan took up the role of coaching co-ordinator of Australia after leaving Munster at the end of the 2011–12 European domestic season. [6]

He became coach of the Melbourne Rebels at the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season. [7] [8] [9]

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  2. "Munster name McGahan as new coach". BBC Sport. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  3. "McGahan confirmed as Munster head coach". Independent. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  4. "Munster power to Magners title". ESPN Scrum. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  5. "Tony McGahan set to leave Munster for Australia at end of season". BBC Sport. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  6. "Tony McGahan". Melbourne Rebels. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2015.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. Rebels Media Unit (8 July 2013). "Rebels appoint Tony McGahan as Head Coach" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  8. "Tony McGahan appointed Melbourne Rebels coach". Australian. News. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  9. "Competition heats up between young Rebel halves ahead of new campaign". Super Rugby News. Sanzar. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
Preceded by
Declan Kidney
Munster Rugby coach
Succeeded by
Rob Penney