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Ulster coach Kiss ignores 'noisy' critics


By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss has said his players still believe he is taking the team in the right direction, despite recent criticism of performances.

Fresh from blowing a late lead against Dragons, former flanker Neil Best has said "the buck has to stop" with Kiss, while Ulster fans' favourite turned forthright pundit Stephen Ferris believes "a lot could be said about Les Kiss's job if things don't go well in the next six weeks."

With a key run upcoming, starting with Sunday's Champions Cup trip to Harlequins, Kiss (right) said he and the players still have faith in the work behind the scenes. "There is a bit of noise, and you expect that," he said.

"We do not respond to the noise but we want people to know we are a group of people who, we believe, are doing the right things. The group have been brilliant and worked really hard.

"I know the playing group believe in it and that is the most important thing.

"We actually believe in what we are doing. It may not look like it from the outside, but internally we know what we are trying to do."

Ulster yesterday confirmed the signing of Leinster flanker Jordi Murphy.

Ferris greeted that move with the comment: "A consistent performer in the big games, exactly what Ulster have been missing this season."

FULL STORY: Ulster to make some noise and push for glory, promises Kiss

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