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Former Reds player Nick Stiles returns to club as new coach

FORMER Queensland and Wallabies prop Nick Stiles has decided to follow Richard Graham across the Nullarbor.

Stiles is leaving his job as the Western Force's forwards coach at the end of the Super Rugby season to take up the same role under former Force head coach and former Queensland teammate Richard Graham, now the head coach at the Reds.

Capped 12 times by Australia between 2001-02, Stiles played 96 times for the Reds during his eight-year career.

He is Queensland's third most-capped prop in history behind only Dan Crowley (124) and Stan Pilecki (122) and ahead of Greg Holmes (95).

Stiles, who joined the Force ahead of the 2011 season after spending five years as forwards coach for Japanese Top League club Kubota Spears, said he was looking forward to the challenge of joining the Reds.

"It has been a satisfying experience working with the Western Force and I've thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to have played a part in their growth over the past three seasons," Stiles said.

"However, I feel as though it's an appropriate time to return to Queensland with my family and pursue the next challenge in my coaching journey with the Reds.

"As a former player there has always been an ambition to one day return to Queensland and coach, so I'm looking forward to having that opportunity in 2014."

While Stiles is making plans to leave Perth, former Queensland lock Hugh McMeniman yesterday put pen-to-paper to stay with the Force for another two years.

The 29-year-old, who earned 21 Test caps for the Wallabies between 2005 and 2009, is in his first season with the club after spending three years with Stiles' former club, the Kubota Spears.

He went to Japan after five seasons with the Reds.