Cape Town - Ulster have announced that Jared Payne will take up the
position of defence coach with the province after retiring from the
The 32-year-old was unable to sufficiently recover from a
head injury sustained while on tour with the British & Irish Lions
Payne, who is originally from Tauranga in New Zealand, represented
Ulster on 78 occasions and earned 20 Ireland caps in an outstanding
Commenting on his new role, Payne said: “It’s been a good ride but
unfortunately every good thing has to come to an end. Playing rugby has
taken me to places I never thought I’d see and allowed me meet people I
never thought I’d meet.
“Firstly, I’d like to thank my parents for all their help in my younger years and my brother Josh for being a live tackle bag!
“Thanks also to the coaches and team-mates throughout the years that
have made living this dream possible, and to the staff, volunteers and
fans that make game days so special.
“The support that I’ve received from my partner Chrissie and sons
Jake and Tyler, particularly over the past 12 months, has been
“I would like to thank all of the medical professionals who have
supported me since my injury occurred back in June last year. I’m
extremely grateful for your considerable care and attention.
“While I will undoubtedly miss the buzz of running out with mates
every weekend, I have to listen to the medical advice and unfortunately
give up the dream. However, I’ve surprised myself how much I have
enjoyed coaching and I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into
this role on a permanent basis.
“Finally, I’d like to thank the management here at Ulster for giving
me the opportunity to contribute in this way and I look forward to
trying to repay the faith shown in me.”