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Kiwi Anscombe to coach Ulster

NEW ZEALANDER Mark Anscombe has signed on the dotted line to become the new Ulster coach on a two-year contract beginning in June.

"I've been keeping an eye on Ulster for a while now and I'm very impressed with the plans and what's happening at Ulster Rugby.

"I've very excited about the prospect of being involved in that," said Anscombe.

"It goes without saying that the job will present me with an exciting challenge.

"Ulster have been developing over the past few years, they've had some new players come in to strengthen the squad so the foundations are there".

Anscombe has just completed three years as head coach of the Auckland ITM Cup side and was at the helm of the New Zealander U20s triumph in the IRB Junior World Championship in Italy last summer.

"It has been a long and detailed process but we're now delighted to confirm that Mark will be joining us next season," said Ulster's Director of Rugby David Humphreys.

"We were all very impressed with Mark during the interview process, he know what it takes to get the best out of players and has an in-depth understanding of the game.

"He has strong leadership qualities and will challenge both the players and staff in ways some of them haven't been challenged before," added Humphreys.