Mark Anscombe

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Mark Anscombe is a New Zealand rugby union coach and the former director of coaching of Ulster from 2012 until June 2014.[1] He is a former head coach of the New Zealand national under-20 rugby union team who he coached to victory in the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.[2] [3] He coached Auckland in the ITM Cup during a period that was largely unsuccessful and was accused of playing his son over better options. His first competitive game as Ulster coach was on 31 August 2012, an 18-10 win against Glasgow Warriors in the 2012–13 Pro 12 at Ravenhill.[4][5]

On 30 June 2014, Anscombe left his position as Ulster Rugby's head coach after two seasons in charge at Ravenhill.[6]

His son Gareth Anscombe currently plays for the Cardiff Blues in the Pro 12 and has ambitions to play for Wales, which he qualifies to play for through his Welsh mother.[7] He previously played for the Chiefs in Super Rugby and Auckland in the ITM Cup.


  1. ^ "Mark Anscombe is named as the new Ulster Head Coach". BBC Sport. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ulster Making Good Strides Under Anscombe". Irish Rugby. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "So, who is new Ulster coach Mark Anscombe?". Belfast Telegraph. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ulster 18-10 Glasgow Warriors". BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Anscombe's reign gets off to winning start". Herald. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mark Anscombe leaves position as Ulster head coach". BBC Sport. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
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