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Ulster's makeshift coaching ticket prepare for Kings after Kiss goodbye

Gibbes to step up after management shake-up

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster and Les Kiss parted ways yesterday only after a compensation package was agreed with the IRFU.

Decision makers at Ulster are believed to have aired their belief that they would be best served moving forward without their director of rugby more than two months ago, only to be met with reservations in Dublin.

But after Kiss and Ulster came to a mutual agreement that their relationship had run its course, and High Performance Director David Nucifora returned from tending to personal matters at home, stakeholders met in D4 early this week to arrange the pay-off that was finally rubber-stamped last night.

With a review of the province's structure now pending, Jono Gibbes, initially recruited by Kiss last year to act as his head coach, will now take on an expanded role having largely been given responsibility only for the forwards to date.

Furthermore, it is understood that Operations Manager Bryn Cunningham will now wield ultimate authority when it comes to recruitment.

The newly re-jigged ticket will have eight more days to prepare for their first challenge, with Ulster's next game not coming until tomorrow week when South African outfit Southern Kings are in town.

It was indicated that Kiss will say goodbye to his squad today.

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