Steve Tandy rugby player
Steve Tandy rugby player

Steve Tandy

16th Jan 1980 1.84m/103kg Coach

A former Welsh openside flanker for Neath RFC and the Ospreys. Tandy has been a part of the Ospreys set-up since regional rugby, his debut coming in September 2003 against Leinster at Donnybrook.

While still a player, he 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 the 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.

In total, he played 102 times for the Ospreys, scoring 10 tries, with his final appearance coming against Edinburgh in March 2010. In 15 February 2012, 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.

In November 2018 Tandy joined the NSW Waratahs coaching team as the defence coach for the 2019 Super Rugby season. The improved defence from the Waratahs during Tandy's tenure led to the Scottish Rugby Union offering Tandy the role as the defence coach for the national side.

The side failed to go past the pool stages of the Rugby World Cup but did manage to 'nil' both Samoa and Russia becoming the first side to do so at a Rugby World Cup. Tandy will experience a British & Irish Lions Tour for the first time as part of Warren Gatland’s coaching team for the 2021 series.

Playing career:

· Played for Neath from 1998-2003 (40 appearances)
· Made 102 appearances for Ospreys between 2003-2010

Coaching career:

· Bridgend head coach 2010-12
· Ospreys head coach 2012-18 (PRO12 title in 2011/12)
· NSW Waratahs defence coach 2018-2019
· Scotland assistant coach 2019-present

As of April 2021, JW


scotland Scotland
2019 - present
R2fRSPlg British & Irish Lions
2021 - present
Neath RFC logo Neath RFC
Blindside Flanker
1998 - 2003
Tonmawr RFC logo Tonmawr RFC
2008 - 2010
Bridgend RFC
2010 - 2012
ospreys Ospreys
2003 - 2018
waratahs NSW Waratahs
2018 - 2019