Dwayne Peel joins Ulster's backroom team

The former Welsh international joins the province this summer

Dwayne Peel joins Ulster's backroom team

Dwayne Peel played for the Lions in 2005. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ulster have announced that former Wales and Lions scrum-half Dwayne Peel will take up the position of Assistant Coach from next season.

The 35-year-old, who retired last season, is currently a backs coach and attack coach at with Bristol in the English Premiership. He has signed a two-year contract at Kingspan Stadium.

Peel was part of Wales' two Grand Slams in 2005 and 2008. He also captained his country for one match at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France where Wales got knocked out in the pool stages. He also started all three Tests against New Zealand on the 2005 Lions Tour.

"I'm delighted to have this opportunity", Peel revealed. "Ulster is one of the big clubs in European rugby and I'm looking forward to working with a large contingent of quality players."

"Coaching was always a natural progression for me and I'm really enjoying my role with Bristol. Over the years I've spent time in different environments trying to pick things up that will benefit my career and this move to Belfast is another step in the right direction."

"I've talked with Les [Kiss] a lot over the past couple of weeks and it's exciting for me to work with someone of his calibre. I'm looking forward to getting started in the summer, but my focus will be with Bristol until the end of the season."

"I'm very pleased that Dwayne will join us from next season", Director of Rugby Les Kiss added. "He's a talented coach who has a great understanding of the game and I'm really excited by what he will bring to our environment."

"It was obvious through my discussions with Dwayne that he has an exceptional coaching eye and he will provide us with refreshing insight and ideas."

"After Jono [Gibbes] agreed to join us, it was clear that Dwayne was going to be a great fit for our coaching group for next season. Once I identified Jono and Dwayne, the Ulster Professional Game Board was fully behind my decision... They will both be terrific additions."