Ulster have confirmed that Neil Doak will succeed Les Kiss as head coach with the provision that Kiss will return following the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Les Kiss will return to Ulster Rugby following RWC15 and Neil Doak is confirmed as Ulster Rugby's new Head Coach http://t.co/Ji9E8QEhQ9
— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) October 7, 2014
Kiss had been appointed as interim Director of Rugby following the departure of Mark Anscombe. However, that was only on a short term basis with the Australian always earmarked to return to his role as defensive coach with the Irish team when he was required.
While it has now been confirmed that Kiss will return to Ulster as a full-time Director of Rugby once his remit with the national side is completed in 2015, a situation which Kiss is very pleased with.
I am very appreciative of the continued faith the IRFU and Ulster Rugby have demonstrated in me and, while I'm delighted to get the security in the long term, I am very much focused first and foremost on the next 12 months.
As was expected Kiss will be replaced as head coach by his assistant Neil Doak and Ulster CEO, Shane Logan believes the province will benefit from the continuity provided by the appointment.
We are pleased to have completed negotiations with Neil Doak, as Head Coach, and are close to finalising our other coaching requirements. We will announce a team manager in due course to bridge the gap prior to Les taking up his role allowing him to be fully committed to his coaching duties with the National Team.