Former Leinster hooker Aaron Dundon joins Ulster's coaching staff

Dundon leaves his role with FC Grenoble to join Les Kiss' backroom staff

Aaron Dundon

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Ulster have appointed FC Grenoble's forward coach and former Leinster hooker Aaron Dundon as their new scrum coach.

Dundon, a two-time Heineken Cup and PRO12 champion, joins Jono Gibbes (head coach), Dwayne Peel (assistant coach) and Niall Malone (video analysis) in Ulster's backroom staff for the next two seasons. 

"I am delighted to be joining the coaching team at Ulster this summer," he said on Tuesday in a statement. 

"It's a fantastic opportunity for me professionally and it was an easy decision to make. I am particularly looking forward to working with Les, Jono, Dwayne, Niall and the rest of the coaching team, as well as the strong group of players currently in the set up.

"I'm enthusiastic about where we can take the club and am looking forward to getting started in pre-season. I'm very excited to be part of this next chapter at Ulster Rugby."

In Grenoble, Dundon held the role of forwards coach and interim joint head coach. He had a particular focus on the breakdown and set pieces. 

During his playing career, Dundon made 49 appearances for Leinster, scoring 10 tries for the Irish province.

He also has further experience in a coaching capacity. Dundon worked with Clontarf RFC between 2013 and 2016, making a contribution as the Dublin outfit won two All-Ireland League titles in three seasons.

Commenting on the completion of his coaching team, Kiss said: "Aaron is a very good technical coach who relates well to the modern challenges of the scrum. He will also be a resource for our line out throwers and will assist with our skill development.

"He has worked under some of the best coaches in the game, such as Greg Feek, Joe Schmidt, Matt O'Connor, Leo Cullen and Bernard Jackman. In particular, the experience he has gained of the set piece in France can only be good for us."

He added: "He has an astute analytical brain and I'm excited to see him working alongside Jono in building on our forwards game, especially with our young front row players such as Kyle McCall and Ross Kane."