Sunday 23 September 2018

Boss man Kiss Peels back the layers at Ulster

Ulster coach Less Kiss
Ulster coach Less Kiss

Director of Rugby Les Kiss has taken a big broom to sweep Ulster Rugby clean.

It is no secret that the Northern Province are not playing to the standards desried by the Ravenhill faithful.

The backs coach Neil Doak and forwards coach Allen Clarke are Ulster through and through.

The familiarity of both men with the homegrown players has not worked out. The universally popular Australian has been given full control to attract former Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes in as head coach.

The capture of the much wanted Gibbes is definitely a feather in Kiss's cap.

Apparently, the two men became close friends when they lived in Dublin in their previous incarnations.

Now, the former Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel has been convinced to make a move across the Irish sea.

This smacks of Kiss stamping his authority on the club by making his appointment s.

In truth, the writing was on the wall for Peel at the English club where their new coach Pat Lam has already started the process of bringing in his own team.

The current Bristol backs and attack coach will take up residency on a two-year deal.

"Ulster is one of the big clubs in European rugby and I'm looking forward to working with a large contingent of quality players," said Peel.

"Coaching was always a natural progression for me and I'm really enjoying my role with Bristol.

"Over the years, I've spent time in different environments trying to pick things up that will benefit my career and this move to Belfast is another step in the right direction."

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