Following the revelation at the beginning of the summer that Director of Rugby and club legend David Humphreys would be leaving Ulster to take up a new role with Gloucester, fans of the province were hit with more bad news today when it emerged that Head Coach Mark Anscombe has left the club with immediate effect.
Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss is to take up the position of interim Director of Rugby, while a review of the coaching structures takes place. Kiss will combine his new Ulster duties with his existing role with Ireland.
The news comes at an odd time, as the players and coaches return to pre-season training ahead of a new campaign, with Anscombe having recently signed a one year extension to his contract. It means the two top dogs in the coaching set-up over the past two years have now departed in the space of a few weeks.
Ulster Rugby Chief Executive, Shane Logan, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the contribution that Mark Anscombe made over the past two seasons and to thank him for his hard work and dedication. Everyone at Ulster Rugby wishes him well for the future.”
“Les Kiss will have an expanded remit for the Province’s Director of Rugby and will lead the coaching staff, assisted by Jonny Bell and Neil Doak and will manage 1st team selection. His appointment allows us time to recruit for long-term success.”
What do you make of this revelation? Will it have an effect on Ulster in the coming season?
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