Ulster Rugby have confirmed that Dan McFarland will be their new head coach beginning next season.
McFarland has signed a three-year contract and it comes off the back of news this morning which saw Scottish Rugby announce that McFarland will be leaving his position to take up a “head coach role”.
McFarland spent 15 years at Connacht as both a player and a coach and in that time he also held head coach positions with Emerging Ireland and the Ireland Wolfhounds.
He then linked up with Gregor Townsend at the Glasgow Warriors before following the Scotsman to the national job with Scotland.
Commenting on his move Ulster, McFarland said:
“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.
“It’s a club with a great history and I welcome the challenge of being a part of their future.”
Commenting on the appointment, Bryn Cunningham, Ulster Rugby’s Operations Director said:
“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.
“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.”
Shane Logan, Ulster’s Chief Executive, added:
“I’d like to congratulate Bryn and our Professional Game Board for conducting such a thorough process that has led to this appointment.
“We have worked closely with the IRFU and are very pleased with the outcome.”