Willie Anderson to take up coaching role with Ulster Rugby

Boxer Martin Rogan, Frank McGuigan and Willie Anderson.INMM1914-375
Boxer Martin Rogan, Frank McGuigan and Willie Anderson.INMM1914-375

Willie Anderson has been appointed as Ulster Rugby’s elite player development officer.

The former Ulster and Ireland captain will operate as a forwards specialist for the Academy and Ulster ‘A’ team.

Anderson, from Loup, Moneymore, has extensive coaching experience with Leinster, London Irish and the Scottish national team.

“I’m looking forward to hopefully bringing through some top quality young players over the next few years,” said Anderson, who starts the role in July.

Anderson, who won 27 caps for Ireland, also has extensive experience within the school and club game in Ulster having coached at Grosvenor Grammar School, Sullivan Upper School, Rainey Old Boys RFC, and Dungannon RFC.

“My role is primarily going to be with the forwards, working with them on what is takes to be a complete professional,” Anderson said.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have experience working in a similar environment with the Irish Academy that developed players such as Paul O’Connell and Peter Stringer, so hopefully we will be able to unearth our own golden generation in Ulster.”