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Jono Gibbes to join Ulster as head coach for start of next season

Ulster have announced the appointment of Jono Gibbes as their new head coach for the 2017/18 season.

The New Zealander, who has signed a two-year-deal with the Guinness PRO12 side, is currently the forwards coach with Clermont Auvergne and previously held a similar role with Leinster between 2008 and 2014.

The 40-year-old will replace Neil Doak at the Kingspan Stadium, and said: "The respect that I have for (director of rugby) Les (Kiss), as a coach and as a person, was one of my main reasons for making this decision. He really sold his vision of where he wants to take Ulster over the next few years.

"Ulster is a team that I know well, having come up against them on a number of occasions. The Clermont-Ulster games this season gave me an insight into the strengths of the squad and it's exciting to think that I'll be part of that environment from next season.

"With six years at Leinster and three years at Clermont in the Top 14, I've been afforded many different experiences, working with some very talented coaches and players. I hope to apply what I've learned to the role at Ulster and my family and I are looking forward to integrating into a strong community in Belfast."

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