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Queensland Reds appoint experienced head coach ahead of 2024 Super W

By Finn Morton
Alana Elisaia of the Reds celebrates after scoring a try during the Super W Final match between the Queensland Reds and Fijiana Drua at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on May 06, 2023 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Looking to go one better in Super Rugby Women’s after losing this year’s final, the Queensland Reds have named Grant Anderson as their new head coach ahead of the 2024 season.

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Anderson is one of the most well-known coaches in Queensland club rugby competition following a 15-year stint in the StoreLocal Hospital Cup.

The 48-year-old was named the Gold Coast-based Bond University’s forwards coach in 2016 before moving into the top job as head coach a couple of years later in 2018.

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Anderson has overseen the most successful period in Bond’s short history in the premier grade competition by leading the Bull Sharks to their first finals appearance in 2020 and first minor premiership this season.

“I am enormously grateful for the opportunity to work with the Reds Super Rugby Women’s Program,” Anderson said in a statement.

“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.

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“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.

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“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.”

Having played and coached both overseas and in Australia, Anderson will bring a wealth of experience into the Queensland Reds setup next season.

Anderson played with the Newcastle Falcons, Edinburgh Gunner and Cornish Pirates in the UK, and also represented Souths and the Gold Coast Breakers in the Queensland competition.

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The now 48-year-old started his coaching career with the London Wasps Academy as their forwards coach in 2007 and returned to the Gold Coast three years later with The Southport School.

But a new chapter will be written next season after inking a deal with the Reds.

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

“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.”

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