Ulster have confirmed the appointment of Dan McFarland as their new head coach.
The Englishman has signed a three-year contract with the province to succeed Jono Gibbes.
McFarland has recently served as an assistant coach with Scotland, and they say he will remain with them until January.
📢 HEAD COACH ANNOUNCEMENT
We are delighted to confirm that Dan McFarland will be our Head Coach next season!
— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) April 30, 2018
“I am really excited that I will be taking on the Ulster Head Coach role. I know firsthand from my years visiting with Connacht and Glasgow the passion and fervour that makes playing in front of Ulster fans so special,” said McFarland.
“It’s a club with a great history and I welcome the challenge of being a part of their future.”
McFarland has in-depth knowledge of the Irish game having spent 15 years with Connacht as a player and then coach.
“Dan was our number one candidate so we’re obviously very happy to have secured his services for the next three years. Dan’s CV is hugely impressive and he commands great respect within the game,” said Bryn Cunningham, Ulster Rugby’s Operations Director.
“He enjoyed successful spells with Connacht and Glasgow, and the fact that Gregor brought him into the Scotland set-up speaks volumes for how highly he rates him.
“Our priority in this process was to identify and recruit the best possible candidate first and foremost. With the confirmation of Dan’s appointment, we will be announcing at least one further addition to the coaching team in the near future to ensure that we have a strong unit in place in advance of pre-season.”