Friday 23 June 2017

Ulster confirm Peel deal as Laidlaw ruled out

Dwayne Peel, currently Backs and Skills Coach at Bristolw, will join Ulster next season (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Dwayne Peel, currently Backs and Skills Coach at Bristolw, will join Ulster next season (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Dwayne Peel will become Ulster assistant coach next season after Ulster confirmed his appointment which was first revealed in Tuesday's 'Irish Independent'.

Peel's arrival comes as part of Les Kiss's backroom restructuring on the back of a disappointing campaign so far and he described his appointment and that of Jono Gibbes as "terrific additions".

Peel has been coaching the backs at Bristol but is set to leave as part of the overhaul of the Premiership club who welcome Pat Lam this summer. He has signed a two-year deal.

"I'm delighted to have this opportunity. Ulster is one of the big clubs in European rugby and I'm looking forward to working with a large contingent of quality players," he said.

"I've talked with Les a lot over the past couple of weeks and it's exciting for me to work with someone of his calibre. I'm looking forward to getting started in the summer."

Meanwhile, Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw's Six Nations is over after the SRU confirmed he suffered ligament damage to his ankle in Sunday's loss to France.

The loss of the scrum-half and primary goal-kicker is a huge blow to Vern Cotter's men after he played a vital role in the team's opening-day win over Ireland and his loss was keenly felt at the Stade de France.

Irish Independent

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