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Ulster stunned by Humphreys exit

09th June 2014 07:00

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Amicable: Logan & Humphreys

Ulster CEO Shane Logan admits the departure of director of rugby David Humphreys was a shock, but the province wouldn't stop him.

Humphreys announced on Saturday that he would be leaving Ulster after decades of service as a player and coach, heading to the Aviva Premiership to take over at Gloucester.

The former Ireland fly-half will replace the sacked boss Nigel Davies at Kingsholm and work with an impressive squad including last week's signing James Hook, with Logan highlighting his success with Ulster when it came to recruitment.

While admitting to being 'taken aback' by the news from Humphreys on Saturday, Logan added that Ulster would never stand in the way of his ambitions.

"His recruitment and retention of players at Ulster was second to none in Europe," Logan told the Irish Examiner.

"He's always been very successful and has great morals and humility. I think his skill set fitted perfectly well with the people we've got at the club.

"I don't think we tried to do anything [to stop him].

"I think David has been consistent over the years that he wants his career to advance.

"We've had a joint career plan. Part of that has been to advance excellent levels of success and a really good legacy here.

"We wouldn't stand in David's way."

Ulster must now begin the process of finding a successor for Humphreys ahead of next season.

  • Ulster Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , December 6
Ulster vs Scarlets19:45
Sunday , December 14
Scarlets vs Ulster17:15
Saturday , January 17
Toulon vs UlsterTBC
Saturday , January 24
Ulster vs LeicesterTBC
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Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 21
Ulster vs OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Preview
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Saturday , December 20
Ospreys vs Ulster17:15
Saturday , December 27
Ulster vs ConnachtTBC
Saturday , January 3
Leinster vs Ulster14:40
Saturday , January 10
Benetton Treviso vs UlsterTBC
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  • Ulster Results
Recent Results
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Guinness PRO12
Saturday , November 1
Ulster 23 - 6 Newport Gwent D'gonsUlster vs Newport Gwent D
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European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , October 25
Ulster 13 - 23 Toulon
Saturday , October 18
Leicester 25 - 18 Ulster
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Guinness PRO12
Saturday , October 11
Ulster 29 - 9 Glasgow
Friday , October 3
Ulster 30 - 0 Edinburgh
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  • Table
Pool 3
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Toulon28
2Scarlets24
3Leicester Tigers24
4Ulster21