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.
Leinster have announced the signing of rugby league player Ben Te'o from the South Sydney Rabbitohs. The 27-year-old has played rugby union in the past and will provide options for Matt O'Connor in the centre.
Speaking during Connacht's training trip to Ballinrobe RFC, captain John Muldoon said: "It's great to see the jerseys and the people coming out to support us today. Long may it continue because we're not a Galway team, we're a Connacht team and that's what we want to push and that's why we come out on these days out."
Young hooker David Heffernan, who extended his current deal with Connacht in April, enjoyed a trip back to his native Mayo as Pat Lam's men held an open training session at Ballinrobe RFC earlier this week.
Rob Murphy caught up with Connacht head coach Pat Lam after their bonus point win at home to Benetton Treviso. The westerners have been in resurgent form of late, picking up three straight league victories and 14 points from a possible 15.
Connacht head coach Pat Lam was left to rue turnovers and poor defence after they went down 19-12 to Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect PRO12. He said the November international break 'couldn't come at a better time for us' as they look to come back 'refreshed' and with more players back fit from injury lay-offs.
Speaking to LTV, Leinster back rower Kevin McLaughlin reflects on the draw with the Ospreys last weekend and says that with a number of players returning to action, the province are looking to 'really up our performances and get some big results' in the coming weeks.
Gordon D'Arcy says he felt 'sharp and fresh' during Leinster's opening RaboDirect PRO12 win over the Scarlets. He also told LTV that there is always room for improvement as the province gear up to host the Ospreys this weekend.
Leinster ran in three tries in the closing stages of their RaboDirect PRO12 opener to seal a bonus point and an impressive 42-19 defeat of the Scarlets. Their new head coach Matt O'Connor spoke to LTV about the game, the impact of new signing Jimmy Gopperth and how the new scrums are working out.
Rob Murphy spoke to Connacht head coach Pat Lam who took a number of positives from their 25-16 RaboDirect PRO12 victory over Zebre, but he admitted they 'still have a bit to work on' ahead of this week's trip to the Cardiff Blues.
Irish Rugby TV spoke to former Ireland flanker Simon Easterby at the RaboDirect PRO12 launch in Belfast, as the Scarlets head coach prepares his squad to host defending champions Leinster in next Friday's opener.