Coach Info

Name
Andrew Webster
Date of Birth
17/01/82
Place of Birth
Australia
Nationality
  1. Australia
Forum Nickname(s)
Webby
Signed From
West Tigers (2015), Panthers (2023)
Wikipedia Page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Webster_(rugby_league)
The highly-rated Andrew Webster has today been named as head coach Andrew McFadden’s second new assistant coach for the Vodafone Warriors’ 2015 NRL campaign.

The 32-year-old Webster’s signing follows confirmation that the experienced Tony Iro would be returning for a second term as an assistant coach at the club.

Webster guided Wests Tigers to the 2014 NYC finals. After beating South Sydney in week one, they were eliminated by Brisbane last Friday night.

Among his previous appointments, Webster was Parramatta’s NYC coach last year and he had two stints as an assistant coach at Hull Kingston Rovers in the English Super League.

Vodafone Warriors general manager football Dean Bell said Webster’s credentials were impressive.

“Andrew is well regarded as a young coach on the way up,” he said.

“Cappy was keen to have a balance of an experienced voice and a younger coach as his assistants. Tony and Andrew will complement each other perfectly.”

Webster said the offer to join the Vodafone Warriors had come at the ideal time.

“I’m hugely excited about the opportunity to coach in the NRL and to have that chance with a club like the Vodafone Warriors,” he said.

“I’m really impressed with the club overall, with the system and the quality of the players they always have coming through.

“The 10 years I’ve had in coaching has given me experience in every role possible in my goal to coach in the NRL.

“The chance to work with Cappy and Tony couldn’t have come at a better time.”

McFadden said he had followed Webster’s development as a coach with interest.

“I first became aware of him when I was coaching at Les Catalans in France. He was with Hull Kingston Rovers then and I’ve kept an eye on him since,” he said.

“For such a young coach he has packed in lots of experience in Australia, England and the United States.

“Through his background he’ll bring a strong base of technical and analytical skills to our team.

“I couldn’t be happier with the calibre of the assistant coaches we’ve been able to secure for the next two seasons. Andrew and Tony are going to be invaluable with the support they’ll give me and the squad generally.”

Webster played rugby league and rugby union before specialising in coaching.

His last season as a player was with the Connecticut Wildcats in the American National Rugby League in 2005. He had one season in union with Eastwood in Sydney after earlier playing lower grade rugby league with Ryde Eastwood, Parramatta and Balmain.

Webster’s first coaching experience was as Connecticut’s player-coach in 2005 followed by two seasons with Hull Kingston Rovers in 2006 and 2007.

After spending 2008 with Parramatta on work experience he was assistant coach under ex-Vodafone Warrior Justin Morgan at Hull KR from 2009-2011.

He returned to Australia in 2012 as coach of Balmain’s SG Ball side, guiding the young Tigers through an undefeated minor premiership campaign for the first time in the club’s history. The side went on to become Balmain’s first SG Ball grand final winner in 30 years.

After two seasons at the Warriors as assistant coach to Andrew McFadden, Webster once again returned to the Wests Tigers in 2017 as an assistant coach.

On 22 March 2017, Webster was named interim head coach of the Tigers after former head coach Jason Taylor was sacked three games into the season. Ivan Cleary was announced as the new head coach on 3 April 2017.

In 2020, Webster joined the Penrith Panthers as an assistant coach ahead of the 2021 NRL season, replacing Trent Barrett.

Wesbster would go on to win back-to-back Premierships with the Panthers in 2021 and 2022.

On 8 July 2022, the New Zealand Warriors announced that Webster had been appointed as their head coach, beginning with the 2023 season

  • 1998 - Balmain Tigers (New South Wales Premiership)
  • 2002 - Parramatta Eels (New South Wales Premiership)
  • 2003 - Ryde-Eastwood Hawks (Jim Beam Cup)
  • 2004 - Eastwood (Sydney Rugby Union grade competition)
  • 2005 - Connecticut Wildcats player/coach (American National Rugby League)
  • 2006 - Hull Kingston Rovers assistant coach/academy coach
  • 2008 - Parramatta NYC work experience
  • 2009 - Hull Kingston Rovers assistant coach
  • 2012 - Balmain Tigers SG Ball head coach
  • 2012 - Wests Tigers NYC assistant coach/Wests Tigers under-19 head coach
  • 2013 - Parramatta NYC head coach/NRL development coach
  • 2014 - Wests Tigers NYC head coach (also working with NRL squad)
  • 2015 - Warriors assistant coach
  • 2017 - Wests Tigers assistant coach
  • 2020 - Panthers assistant coach
  • 2023 - Warriors head coach

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