Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Mark Anscombe deal puts Ulster Rugby glory in reach

Mark Anscombe, pictured at a press conference at Ravenhill yesterday, has agreed a one-year extension to his contract as head coach of Ulster, keeping him at Ravenhill until the end of the 2014/2015 season

Ulster Rugby head coach Mark Anscombe has hinted he could be interested in staying on when his new deal expires in June 2015.

The New Zealander has signed up to remain at Ravenhill until the summer of 2015.

And while he and his wife Tracey live here, their daughters Elisha and Chloe and son Gareth – all in their early 20s – have remained in Auckland.

Anscombe (right) said: "With coming from the other side of the world and the family spread around, we wanted to see how we were settling here and how things were working out for us and also for Ulster.

"Nothing has changed from that. I think for both parties it works well so we'll see how things go and reassess things in a year's time."

Yesterday's acceptance of a new 12-months contract extension allows him to pursue his goal of adding a trophy-winning finish to what he started in June 2012.

"I said when I started at Ulster that I believed that this would be a three-year project. We're still only half-way through it. I'm enjoying my time here," he said. "My focus over the next year and a half will be to finish the job I have started and to bring some silverware back to Ravenhill."

Mark Anscombe: I'll finish job I started 

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