Report: Ulster to replace Brian McLoughlin

Updated: January 31, 2012

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Ulster are reportedly set to shock Irish rugby by replacing coach Brian McLoughlin.

McLoughlin took over at Ulster in 2009 and his tenure has seen a steady improvement in results.

Last season Ulster reached the Heineken Cup quarter finals for the first time since 1999 and finished third in the Celtic League.

The province are sixth in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 league this season, but have once again qualified for the last eight of the Heineken Cup.

McLoughlin’s contract expires in May, however, and reports are claiming his deal will not be extended.

Ulster are believed to be targeting New Zealanders John Kirwan and Matt Sexton as replacements.

Ulster Rugby issued a statement:
“In response to media speculation today regarding the Ulster Rugby Head Coaching position, Ulster Rugby confirms that the current coaching contracts are set to finish at the end of the season, and are under review. There will be no further comment at this time.”

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