Grant Anderson named Queensland Reds Super Rugby Women’s coach

Thu, Dec 21, 2023, 12:35 AM
Reds Media Unit
by Reds Media Unit

Grant Anderson has been appointed the Queensland Reds Super Rugby Women’s head coach for 2024.

Anderson brings over 15-years of top level coaching experience to the role, having spent the last five-years leading Bond University in the StoreLocal Hospital Cup.

The 48-year-old has also played and coached overseas as well as in Australia and will bring an athletic performance to the Reds in 2024.

Anderson said: “I am enormously grateful for the opportunity to work with the Reds Super Rugby Women’s Program.

“I have a passion for rugby in Queensland, and the culture that is being instilled throughout the Reds organisation is something I want to drive and be a part of.

“We have some of the most talented players in the country and I am looking forward to inspiring their development and helping them achieve their goals.

“We are entering a new era in Reds Women’s Rugby and I am embracing the challenge of growing this team’s potential while continuing to build on the great foundation that has been laid over previous seasons.

“I will focus on empowering the players, coaches and staff to challenge themselves and each other to be better and to trust the processes which will ultimately lead to the team’s success.”

Reds General Manager – Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “We’re pleased to welcome Grant to the club in 2024.

“He brings great experience across a number of roles and programs and has a great understanding of Queensland Rugby.

“It’s an exciting time for women’s Rugby with the new facility at Ballymore and we’re confident Grant is the man to make the most of it moving forward.”

Anderson’s playing career saw him spend time with the Newcastle Falcons, Edinburgh Gunners and Cornish Pirates in the United Kingdom, while the front rower played for Souths and the Gold Coast Breakers in the Hospital Cup.

Upon retiring from playing, Anderson took a role with the London Wasps Academy as their Forwards Coach from 2007 to 2009, before returning home to the Gold Coast to take up an opportunity Rugby nursery The Southport School in 2010

Anderson has served as TSS’ defence, contact, forwards and specialist scrum coach since, while he has also held roles with the Breakers U19s and Queensland Country U19s.

He took on the Forwards Coach role at Bond University in 2016, before ascending to Head Coach in 2018.

Anderson has since overseen the most successful period in the Bull Sharks’ short history, leading the club to their first Hospital Cup finals appearance in 2020 and first minor premiership this season.

Anderson will announce his coaching staff in the coming weeks and 2024 Super Rugby Women’s squad in January.