Ulster Rugby and Les Kiss part ways

Ulster Rugby have confirmed that Les Kiss has left his position as Director of Rugby by mutual consent.

Kiss position had been under pressure following a poor run of form in the Guinness Pro 14 and after Ulster failed to progress from their Champions Cup pool

In a statement Ulster rugby said “Ulster Rugby would like to thank Les for his commitment and wish him well in his future career.”

Head Coach, Jono Gibbes, will assume responsibility for all coaching matters and will lead the current coaching team of Dwayne Peel, Aaron Dundon and Niall Malone.

A review will be conducted to ascertain if additional coaching expertise is required.

Operations Director, Bryn Cunningham, will manage the off-field operations of the professional team.

Prior to his involvement with Ulster Rugby, Kiss was part of the Irish international setup.

Declan Kidney appointed Kiss as defence coach in 2008 as Ireland secured three 6 Nations titles in seven years, including an historic Grand Slam in his debut season.

IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora, said: “Les has played a huge part in shaping the success of Irish rugby at national and provincial level since he joined the IRFU in 2008.

It’s no secret that we were disappointed to lose Les from the national team set-up in 2015 but we fully understood his decision to pursue the opportunity at Ulster Rugby.

We wish him, his wife Julie and all his family all the very best for the future.”