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Ulster weigh up forwards coaching options after Davidson exit

Former Ulster hooker Matt Sexton has been linked with the vacancy of forwards coach at Ulster after the club confirmed the departure of Jeremy Davidson last night.

However, director of rugby David Humphreys may instead decide to allocate a variety of roles to existing Ulster staff, with current head coach Brian McLaughlin and second-row Johann Muller likely to be handed responsibility for the forwards.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Jeremy for the contribution he's made over the past two seasons and on behalf of Ulster Rugby wish him well for the future," said Humphreys.

Elsewhere, the English RFU will confirm today that Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi has been cited for punching Northampton's Chris Ashton.

Tuilagi's three-punch combination in the first half of Leicester's Premiership semi-final victory over the Saints left Ashton requiring stitches to a cut above his eye. If Tuilagi is banned he could miss the Premiership final and the Churchill Cup tournament at the start of June.

The RFU are waiting on a report from referees' assessor Brian Campsall before deciding whether to take any action against Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill and head coach Matt O'Connor.

The two senior members of the Tigers coaching staff aimed constant criticism of referee Wayne Barnes in Campsall's direction during the 11-3 win at Welford Road.

Irish Independent