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Video: Neil Doak reflects on his time at Ulster

By Gary Grattan

Departing Ulster head coach Neil Doak has admitted he would love to one day return to his native province.

As part of a clear-out underneath Director of Rugby Les Kiss, the clash with Leinster on Saturday evening will be a last with Ulster for both Doak and forwards coach Allen Clarke.

Like so many who have left Kingspan in recent years, he admits that silverware was the missing piece of the puzzle, but Ulster Rugby has offered him a professional life beyond what he ever expected.

"Obviously I would have loved to have won a couple of competitions but I have no regrets," he reflected.

"I have been very fortunate from a playing point of view and a coaching point of view.

"I have been to two World Cups in cricket, a World Cup in rugby, coached my home province, coached with the national team.

"There's not very many things left from that point of view," he said.

"Ultimately I just want the players to achieve some of the stuff I have been able to experience and travel the world. Sport has given me an unbelievable lifestyle."

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