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Les Kiss to leave Ulster Rugby post with immediate effect

Les Kiss will leave his role as Ulster Rugby's Director Ruby with immediate effect.

The Australian joined Ulster in 2015 but has been under increasing pressure during a difficult season as Ulster crashed out of the European Champions Cup and are currently 13 points off the pace in their Guinness Pro 14 pool.

Ulster have lost three of their last fixtures, thrashed by Leinster and Connacht over the festive period before the disastrous defeat to Wasps in Coventry ended their hopes of reaching the Champions Cup knock-out stage.

"Ulster Rugby would like to thank Les for his commitment and wish him well in his future career," read a statement.

"Head Coach, Jono Gibbes, will assume responsibility for all coaching matters and will lead the current coaching team of Dwayne Peel, Aaron Dundon and Niall Malone. A review will be conducted to ascertain if additional coaching expertise is required.

"Operations Director, Bryn Cunningham, will manage the off-field operations of the professional team."

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