New contract talks ‘progressing’ says Ulster coach Mark Anscombe

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe
Ulster coach Mark Anscombe

Ulster Rugby and Mark Anscombe remain in talks about any possible extension to his current contract, due to expire at the end of the season.

Both Anscombe and his employers were giving little away on Monday.

Ulster secured their place as top seeds in the last eight by producing a magnificent display to finish with a 100 per cent record in Pool Five.

On Sunday evening the road to Cardiff was finally mapped out with Ulster facing Saracens in the quarter-finals at Ravenhill on the first weekend of April.

A win would then see them play Clermont or Leicester Tigers in a semi-final, probably at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on the last weekend of April.

A media session at Ravenhill on Monday - traditionally held after the final Heineken Cup pool match - had the local Press attending keen to ask one question.

“Are you optimistic about your future with the club,” was that question.

“Things are progressing,” replied Anscombe.

And when pressed further: “We will just leave it at thatfor now,” was the reply.

He later confirmed to BBC Sport NI in a television interview that he was till in talks with Ulster Rugby.

Ulster return to action on February 7 with a home game in the PRO12 against Ospreys.