Ulster backroom staff comfirm one year extensions

Ulster's Darren Cave and Jonny Bell
Ulster's Darren Cave and Jonny Bell

Ulster Rugby Assistant Coach, Neil Doak, Ulster Defence Coach, Jonny Bell and Ulster Analyst and Skills Coach, Niall Malone, have all agreed one year contract extensions with the Province.

With Mark Anscombe agreeing his own new contract extension last month, it means that Ulster will have an unchanged coaching team until at least the summer of 2015.

Assistant coach, Doak said: “I want to be involved in the success of Ulster Rugby. I have put a lot of work into it and I don’t want to leave with the work undone.

“We have laid some great foundations. We have a good team, a new stadium, excellent training facilities and now it’s about making sure that we take the next step and that we are competing for silverware in competitions from the grassroots right up to the top end of the game – we want to be successful and we want to be one of the top teams in Europe.”

Defence coach, Bell added: “It is an exciting time at Ravenhill. The stadium is almost completed and there is a real sense of anticipation about, not only about what is to come this season but what will happen in future seasons. It is great to be part of that.

“We have aspirations – this is a great team and a great group of players and we want to go for silverware this year and to make sure that next season we are building on what we have achieved in this campaign.”

Skills and analyst coach, Malone admitted Ravenhill was a hard place to leave a the minute!

“I am very happy here and it was a very short conversation that I had about staying on.

“I hope the future is as good as it is at the moment because things are going pretty well at the minute.

“In my role I am able to help plan and deliver coaching sessions so when I give the players the facts and numbers I can also give them the rugby perspective on the analysis.

We all get on well. There may not be 100% alignment on 100% of things but that is healthy.”