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 is a Wales international, which he qualifies to play for through his Welsh mother.[7]


  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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