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McKay committed to Reds' rebuild

Queensland attack coach Jim McKay says he has no interest in filling the Wallabies vacancy created by the axed Stephen Larkham.

McKay committed to Reds' rebuild

Queensland attack coach Jim McKay says he has no interest in filling the Wallabies vacancy created by the axed Stephen Larkham.

MICHAEL CHEIKA, Head Coach of Australia looks on during a training session at the Lensbury Hotel in London, England.
MICHAEL CHEIKA, Head Coach of Australia looks on during a training session at the Lensbury Hotel in London, England. Picture:Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Queensland attack coach Jim McKay insists he has no urge to return to the Wallabies' coaching ranks to replace the axed Stephen Larkham.

On Monday the former World Cup-winning five-eighth was pulled from his post at the Wallabies, just eight months out from the World Cup.


McKay meanwhile is back at Ballymore on a two-year deal, having helped the Super Rugby club to their 2011 title and then enjoying 15 successful months under Ewen McKenzie with the national team.

Fresh off a stint as head coach of Japanese club Kobe, McKay says he's deeply invested in the Reds' rebuild and almost blushed at the suggestion he'd bail on them.

"I've been there before which is a wonderful experience and really humbling," he said.

"There was some speculation but I didn't take any notice of that; my focus is totally here on the Reds and from a personal level I really have a strong connection with this place and care enormously about the team.

"I'm just 100 percent here."

McKay will attempt to return the Reds to their 2011 glory days, when they scored a record 45 tries in 16 regular season games on the way to their only Super Rugby title.

He isn't sure whether that approach goes hand in hand with Michael Cheika's Wallabies schematic, but says it doesn't matter.

"Maybe there were clear about how they want to play but had differences or maybe they aren't, I'm not sure," McKay said of the call to replace Larkham.

"We can only control what we do at Queensland and there is a fundamental difference between how the (Australian Super Rugby) teams play and I think that can be a strength (for the Wallabies).

"Because at the end of the day you have to be adaptable."

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