Steve Tandy

Steve Tandy (born 16 January 1980) is a Welsh rugby union former player and coach.

Steve Tandy
Birth nameSteve Tandy
Date of birth (1980-01-16) 16 January 1980 (age 41)
Place of birthTonmawr, Neath Port Talbot, Wales
Height184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb; 227 lb)[citation needed][1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Tonmawr RFC ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Teams coached
Years Team
Tonmawr RFC
NSW Waratahs

Playing careerEdit

Tandy played as an openside flanker for Neath RFC[2] and the Ospreys.[3][4]

Coaching careerEdit

While still a player, Tandy took his first coaching role within the Ospreys age-grade teams, and as coach of the U16's he won the WRU Age Grade Championship.

For the 2010–11 season, Tandy combined his playing role with the Ospreys with the head coach role at Bridgend RFC. He led the Ravens to the Division 1 title, with an incredible 96 points (just one defeat and one draw shy of an unbeaten season.) He then guided them into the Principality Premiership with victory over Glamorgan Wanderers 38–19 at the Cardiff Arms Park. He continued to coach Bridgend Ravens for season 2011/12, but retired from playing the game.

On 15 February 2012, at age 32, Tandy succeeded Sean Holley as head coach of the Ospreys during a cost-cutting period. Tandy was quoted saying that he was "shocked" to be appointed to the role, but is "excited" working with the "young and experienced group".[5] Ospreys results were initially good, but injuries limited later performance.[6][7][8]

In November 2018, Tandy joined the NSW Waratahs coaching team as the defence coach for the 2019 Super Rugby season. Tandy said, “After experiencing the NSW Waratahs environment during the 2018 Super Rugby campaign, I had no hesitation in accepting the role of defence coach when the opportunity came along. I have learnt a tremendous amount in the time that I spent with the team, and having the chance to experience coaching in a different hemisphere is challenging, yet exciting”.[9] Gregor Townsend later commented that this move had "added another impressive dimension to his coaching" and was "a rare move for a northern hemisphere coach".[10] When Tandy left the NSWRU GM of Rugby, Tim Rapp said that defence results had been "an area of our game which was hugely improved" under Tandy.[11]

In December 2019, it was announced Tandy would be joining Scottish Rugby as defence coach for the national side.[12] In 2020, John Barclay commented that the turnaround in Scotland's defence "has been incredible.”[13] A particular success was Scotland's defeat of England at Twickenham in 2021; Ronan O’Gara said that Tandy had presided over "a disciplined defensive masterclass".[14]

Tandy's coaching approach includes good rugby knowledge, and honesty and loyalty in personal relationships.[15] He works on detail, rejecting simplistic concepts such as line speed.[16]

In April 2021, Tandy was announced as the defence coach for the upcoming 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa. The appointment was seen as largely due to his impressive work in improving Scotland's defence.[17]


  1. ^ 95kg?
  2. ^ "Neath scalp Scarlets to move top". BBC. 2003-02-19. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  3. ^ "Ospreys suffer Tandy injury blow". BBC. 2007-07-08. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  4. ^ "Rugby Union: Ospreys lost in interpretation". Independent on Sunday. 2005-10-02. Retrieved 2008-04-11.[dead link]
  5. ^ Tandy Ospreys head coach
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  9. ^ NSW Waratahs complete coaching team for 2019
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  12. ^ "Steve Tandy appointed Scotland's new defence coach". The Offside Line. 2019-12-27. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
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  17. ^ S, Ross; erson (2021-04-15). "Steve Tandy joins the British and Irish Lions coaching team". Last Word on Rugby. Retrieved 2021-05-12.

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