Mark Anscombe future in doubt with Ulster Rugby

Mark Anscombe
Mark Anscombe

Speculation was mounting on Monday about Mark Anscombe’s future as coach with Ulster Rugby.

The News Letter understands semior management have met with the coach.

The New Zealander returned to work at Kingspan Stadium (Ravenhill) on Monday, joining players ahead of the new season, unaware of the situation it is understood.

Anscombe had just recently agreed a one year extenstion to his contract having been with the Irish Province for two seasons already.

Ulster were rocked recently by the news that director of rugby, David Humphreys, was leaving the club to joing England Premiership club, Gloucester, after six years in a management role and 16 years as a player.

Anscombe was appointed Head Coach ahead of the 2012-13 campaign on a two year contract and in his first season in charge he led Ulster to the final of the RaboDirect PRO12 and the Quarter Final of the Heineken Cup.

The New Zealander previously had a three year spell as Head Coach of the Auckland ITM Cup side and had combined that role with a number of positions in the very successful NZ U20 squad.

In 2011, Mark was Head Coach as the Baby Blacks secured a fourth successive title at the IRB Junior World Championships in Italy. Anscombe, a forwards specialist, enjoyed a previous spell in Irish rugby as he coached Dublin side Old Wesley in the early 1990s.