Evergreen rugby ironman Brad Thorn is at it again. He is coming out of retirement to play rugby at the age of 41.

Thorn will play for Queensland Country in the Australian national championship, with his first game coming on August 27 against the Canberra Vikings.

The New Zealand-born Queenslander has played 460 game of first class rugby league and rugby union over a staggering career spanning two decades and including Rugby World Cup, Super Rugby, European Cup, NRL grand final and State of Origin triumphs.

Since "retiring" from professional rugby last year, Thorn has been part of the coaching staff at the Brisbane-based Reds Super Rugby franchise.

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He will assist as a coach for Queensland Country as well as playing for them.