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Gould and Batty join Reds applicants
May 24, 2000

Former Wallaby fullback Roger Gould Wednesday joined another three former rugby union internationals vying for John Connolly's Queensland coaching post.

Gould, former Wallabies Mark McBain and Tom Barker and former All Black winger Grant Batty submitted their applications before Wednesday's deadline in the hope of ending Connolly's 12-year reign.

Connolly also re-applied, and looms as the early favourite as he tries to convince the Queensland Rugby Union board to grant him another term.

His rivals have refused to criticise the incumbent, although Gould has declared the Reds needed a change in playing style.

Connolly has often been accused of promoting a dour style of rugby, but the former frontrower has mustered an impressive winning record.

However Gould, who played 25 Tests and was renowned for his booming kick, wants to crank up Queensland's attack.

"I think it's time for a change in how Queensland plays, utilising a few more of the attacking skills of some players," Gould said.

"I believe the laws of the game favour the team that attacks but there is nothing to say a coach can't change.

"But my decision to apply is nothing to do with the (current) person, it's to do with what I think I can contribute to the position."

While Gould is not currently coaching, Batty, McBain and Barker are coaching club teams in the Brisbane competition.

Batty is the only one of the known four contenders to coach at provincial level and he has the advantage of knowing the Super 12 system.

Batty has been Connolly's assistant coach for the last two seasons but nonetheless took some time before deciding to apply.

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