Ulster appoint new forwards coach

Published Monday, 18 August 2014
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Ulster have announced Allen Clarke as the province's new forwards coach for the new season.

Ulster appoint new forwards coach
Clarke will work alongside Ulster coach Les Kiss. (© Presseye)

Clarke was part of the victorious Ulster team which won the European Cup in 1999 and won eight international caps.

Following his retirement through injury he moved into coaching and established the Ulster Rugby Academy.

He was appointed assistant coach to Mark McCall and helped guide Ulster to the Magners League title in 2006.

The following season he left Ulster to take up a position as high performance manager with the IRFU and was responsible for helping to build Irish rugby's age grade structure and developing young players, many of whom have gone on to become Ireland internationals.

Following a successful five years, Clarke returned to his native province in 2012 as head of elite performance.

Speaking about his new appointment, he said: "I'm immensely passionate and proud to be involved with my home province once again, and look forward to supporting the coaching team and players to be the best we can be.

"The player movement in the pack has been well documented, however, the players that we have brought in together with those already here have shown a real focus in training and respect for work."

He added: "Continuing strategic support in Ulster's elite performance pathway is important and I know that the progress made over the past two years will continue to grow under the guidance and expertise of our academy coaching team."

© UTV News
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