4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
The High Performance Manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of a high-performance rugby pathway to cater for the progression of players through to the professional game.
This will encompass working with the National Age Grade Representative sides and each of the Provincial Academy structures to ensure that a future pool of players will be provided for selection within the Irish provincial sides.
Anderson joins the IRFU with a wealth of coaching experience at the highest level in both rugby league and union.
He has held various positions within the Australian national rugby league, including development manager for the league and assistant coach with the Melbourne Storm side.
He also held the position of assistant coach to the Australian rugby league World Cup winning side in 2000.
Anderson has been technical advisor to the South African Pretoria Bulls Super 12 side and Sport England and joined the Scottish Rugby Union in 2002 as its High Performance Manager.
He was a member of the Scotland 2003 World Cup support staff and recently combined his role of High Performance Manager with that of national defensive coach for the SRU. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Sport Management.
Anderson will take up his new position with the IRFU in August at the end of his employment with the Scottish Rugby Union.