Former Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel set for Ulster Rugby

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Ulster Rugby have confirmed Dwayne Peel as their assistant coach for next season, signing a two-year deal at Kingspan Stadium..

The Welshman, is currently backs coach and team attack coach at Bristol Rugby, and was key in Wales' Six Nations Grand Slam wins in 2005 and 2008, and also them at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

"I'm delighted to have this opportunity. Ulster is one of the big clubs in European rugby and I'm looking forward to working with a large contingent of quality players," said Peel who represented the British & Irish Lions in all three Tests against the All Blacks in 2005.

"Coaching was always a natural progression for me and I'm really enjoying my role with Bristol. Over the years I've spent time in different environments trying to pick things up that will benefit my career and this move to Belfast is another step in the right direction.

"I've talked with Les (Kiss) a lot over the past couple of weeks and it's exciting for me to work with someone of his calibre. I'm looking forward to getting started in the summer, but my focus will be with Bristol until the end of the season."

Director of Rugby, Les Kiss said: "I'm very pleased that Dwayne will join us from next season. He's a talented coach who has a great understanding of the game and I'm really excited by what he will bring to our environment.

"It was obvious through my discussions with Dwayne that he has an exceptional coaching eye and he will provide us with refreshing insight and ideas. After Jono (Gibbes) agreed to join us, it was clear that Dwayne was going to be a great fit for our coaching group for next season.

"Once I identified Jono and Dwayne, the Ulster Professional Game Board was fully behind my decision, and Bryn (Cunningham) worked hard to ensure the deals were completed. They will both be terrific additions."