Jonny Bell to join Ulster Rugby at end of season

Warriors Defence Coach Jonny Bell will leave Sixways at the end of the current season to take up a similar position with Ulster Rugby.

The former Ireland centre joined Warriors from Glasgow Warriors last summer but has decided to return to his native Belfast for family reasons and he will re-join Ulster where he previously had 21 years as a player and coach.

“I am really excited to be going back to Ulster Rugby where it began for me all those years ago,” Bell said.

“Ulster are a top-class team, extremely well-coached and with an exciting crop of young and experienced players.

“They are competing consistently at the business end of domestic and European competition.

“I am thrilled to be working with Dan McFarland and his coaching team and look forward to adding my knowledge and experience to an already driven and dynamic group.

“I would like to thank Steve Diamond, Alan Solomons and everyone at Worcester Warriors for their support throughout the season.

“It has been a pleasure working with Dimes, the coaches and players throughout the year and we have seen some real growth in our performances over the past few months and we are determined to finish the season well.

“Ultimately, I feel I am returning home to Ulster having gained great coaching experience and having worked with some outstanding people.

“As a family we have always aspired to move back home and we are excited and grateful to have the opportunity to settle back in Ulster and be closer to our family.”

Bell will return to Ulster with the best wishes of all at Sixways.

“I think Jonny is returning to Ulster at a great time for his rugby coaching career and his family situation,” said Lead Rugby Consultant Diamond.

“I am sad that he has decided to leave because I rate him highly as a coach and as a great bloke. I wish him well for the future.”