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Les gives Kiss of life

Les Kiss, the man who masterminded Ireland’s Grand Slam-winning defensive set-up last season, was at Jordanstown on Monday to offer Ulster the benefit of his know-how ahead of Friday night’s crucial Heineken Cup clash with Edinburgh.

We worked on some basics really, in terms of what Edinburgh are going to throw at us,” said Kiss following the work-out at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland at Jordanstown.

“Edinburgh like to play with a bit of width in their game and they have some tricky players at half-back.”

Meanwhile, Brian O'Driscoll has won another top award —this time being honoured by the rugby writers of England.

Ireland's Grand Slam-winning captain last night scooped the prestigious English Rugby Union Writers' Club Pat Marshall Memorial Award as the sport's outstanding personality for 2009.

Belfast Telegraph