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Aussie Matt is the man for Ulster

By Gavin Mairs

Published 24/12/2007

The Ulster Branch will hope to unveil former Leinster and Scotland coach Matt Williams as their new head coach today.

The 46-year-old Australian was given the weekend to consider an offer made to him on Friday and seems certain to accept the offer to become the successor to Mark McCall, who resigned after a string of poor results last month.

Most newly-appointed coaches like to bring in their own assistants and Williams has twice brought in Ulster's Willie Anderson during his time at Leinster and Scotland.

However Steve Williams, who was brought in by McCall as a forwards coach to replace Allen Clarke during the summer, still has a year-and-half to run on his contract and is likely to remain in position until the end of this season at least ? unless he decides to move on.

It is understood the return to school in January of Williams' three children in Australia is a domestic complication for him as is his involvement in a business partnership. Caretaker coach Steve Williams, who yesterday made three changes to the side to face Leinster at the RDS on Boxing Day with Isaac Boss, Paddy Wallace and Justin Fitzpatrick all returning, will definitely remain in charge of team affairs for the visit of Munster to Ravenhill on January 4.

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