Mark Anscombe will be targeting trophies when he becomes Ulster Head Coach

New Zealander Mark Anscombe has made it clear that he is aiming to secure trophy success when he assumes the role of Ulster Head Coach next season.

"One of the challenges I will face is to work in a different environment and create a team capable of winning competitions," Anscombe told the BBC.

"It's all about developing the pool of players, with strength in depth, who will be competitive over a long season.

"You need to have a fairly dominant pack to survive in two competitions."

Anscombe said it was clearly evident that Ulster had been "seeking a forwards coach as their Head Coach".

"The side has been developing well, making the Heineken Cup quarter-finals in successive seasons, and progressing well in the Pro12.

"The skill level is improving but we want to get that edge and have sufficient strength in depth so that if injuries occur, we are not relying heavily on the same six or seven players.

"It will obviously be a change of circumstances and climate for me, but it's something I am looking forward to.

"I have worked with Jared Payne and John Afoa before and Ulster have some good quality South Africans too - I know they've made a big contribution since they've been here."

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