Mark Anscombe extends stay with Ulster Rugby

Ulster head coach, Mark Anscombe
Ulster head coach, Mark Anscombe

Mark Anscombe has signed a one-year contract extension with Ulster Rugby keeping him with the Province until at least the end of June 2015.

Anscombe joined Ulster in the summer of 2012 and started his tenure by guiding the team to an unbeaten 16 game run. In that first season he went on to lead the side to the final of the RaboDirect PRO12 and the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup. He became the first Ulster Head Coach to win in France when the Province beat Castres by 9 points to 8 in January 2013.

This season he has led the team to an Ulster record six wins out of six in the Pool stages of the Heineken Cup, including memorable wins over Montpellier in France and Leicester Tigers at Welford Road. Ulster will now play Saracens on April 5th in the Province’s first home Heineken Cup quarter-final in 15 years.

Anscombe said: “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’s Director of Rugby, David Humphreys, added: “It is an exciting time to be part of Ulster Rugby. The redevelopment of Ravenhill is almost complete, we are in a home Heineken Cup quarter-final, and our representation in the Ireland squad is growing.

“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.”