Anscombe extends Ulster stay

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe has signed a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him at Ravenhill until the summer of 2015.

He arrived in Belfast in 2012 and in his first season guided Ulster to the Pro12 final and the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup.

This season Ulster have a home quarter-final in the Heineken Cup against Saracens - winning six out of six pool games - this season and are in contention in the Pro12.

"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," Anscombe said.

"I have enjoyed my time at Ravenhill so far. We have made good progress, we have a great squad and some excellent young players coming through, so I am pleased to be committing for a further year.

"I said when I started at Ulster that I believed that this would be a three-year project. We are half way through that now. We have a home Heineken Cup quarter-final and we are competing for a play-off place in the Pro12 once again."


Ulster's Director of Rugby, David Humphreys, said there has been "huge progress on and off the pitch" over the past 18 months.

"Through his coaching, knowledge of the game and experience, Mark Anscombe has taken team performance to a new level and we are delighted he has committed to the Province for a further 12 months.

"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.

"It is an exciting time to be part of Ulster Rugby."