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Willie Anderson and Bryan Young back to educate youths at the Academy

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 27/05/2016

Great experience: Willie Anderson has returned to the Ulster set-up
Great experience: Willie Anderson has returned to the Ulster set-up

Ulster have announced that two former heroes will be brought back to Kingspan Stadium to work with the Hughes Insurance Academy.

Former Irish captain Willie Anderson has been named Elite Player Development Officer while Bryan Young is the new Talent Development Officer.

Anderson's knowledge of the schools' game is extensive having most recently been coach of Sullivan Upper, but his lengthy C.V also boasts stints at Leinster, London Irish and the Scottish national side.

Director of Rugby Les Kiss hailed the appointment of the 27-times capped international.

"For someone of Willie's experience to come in and work with our young forwards is going to be fantastic for us," he said.

"Willie has been through every level of the game, both as a player and a coach, so his experience will certainly enhance our programme.

"We have a lot of young players that we would like to accelerate through to a higher level of rugby, so when you have someone like Willie who has been there and done it himself, and also coached it, I think that will help us immensely."

The man himself says he can't wait to get started.

"I'm really excited about the prospect of working in the Academy and the challenge that it will bring," he said.

"I'm looking forward to working with Les Kiss and Kieran Campbell, and hopefully bringing through some top quality young players.

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

Young, an Ulster centurion who won eight caps for Ireland, had been working with the group in a consultancy role.

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