Following the departure of director of rugby David Humphreys, Ulster Rugby has today announced that head coach Mark Anscombe is to leave the province with immediate effect.
Les Kiss will take-up the position of interim director of rugby to allow time for a review of the coaching structures at Ulster Rugby to take place.
Kiss will continue as Ireland assistant coach and will combine his duties with the international side with his new role at Ulster.
Ulster Rugby Chief Executive Shane Logan said: "I would like to pay tribute to the contribution that Mark Anscombe made over the past two seasons and to thank him for his hard work and dedication. Everyone at Ulster Rugby wishes him well for the future.
"Les Kiss will have an expanded remit for the province's director of rugby and will lead the coaching staff, assisted by Jonny Bell and Neil Doak, and will manage first team selection. His appointment allows us time to recruit for long-term success."
Les Kiss will start work at Ulster Rugby on July 19.
The 2014/15 GUINNESS PRO12 season kicks off with two games on Friday night, Munster entertaining Edinburgh at Thomond Park and Benetton Treviso are the visitors to Swansea where they will face the Ospreys.
The Connacht squad are in the final stages of their pre-season preparations with their opening round of the GUINNESS PRO12 kicking off on Saturday when the Newport Gwent Dragons visit the Sportsground (kick-off 5pm).