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Sunday 20 April 2014

Ulster coach signs new deal

Head coach Mark Anscombe has signed a new contract with Ulster

Mark Anscombe has signed a one-year contract extension to continue coaching Ulster next season.

Kiwi Anscombe joined Ulster in 2012, replacing Brian McLaughlin as head coach.

After leading Ulster to an unbeaten 16-game run in his first season at the helm, Anscombe has continued to strengthen the province's hand.

Ulster have registered a first-ever 100 per cent Heineken Cup pool stage record this term, teeing up a home quarter-final against Saracens on April 5.

Targeting trophies in the second half of his Ulster plan, Anscombe said: "I said when I started at Ulster that I believed that this would be a three-year project.

"We are half way through that now. We have a home Heineken Cup quarter-final and we are competing for a play-off place in the RaboDirect Pro12 once again.

"My focus over the next year and a half will be to finish the job that I have started and to bring some silverware back to Ravenhill."

Ulster rugby director David Humphreys said: "Through his coaching, knowledge of the game and experience, Mark Anscombe has taken team performance to a new level and we are delighted he has committed to the province for a further 12 months.

"We believe that Mark is the right person to deliver immediate success through winning trophies and also long-term success through the development of future Ulster and Ireland players."

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