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Scotland Assistant Coach To Leave To Take Up “Head Coach Opportunity”

Scottish Rugby have announced this afternoon that assistant coach Dan McFarland will leave the Scotland national team to take up a “head coach opportunity”.

McFarland joined the national set-up from the Glasgow Warriors in 2017 and he will remain in his current post until mid-January 2019 as he has to give a nine-month notice period.

McFarland will be joined by current Worcester Warriors head coach Carl Hogg on the upcoming tour of Canada, USA and Argentina and they will share the forward coaching duties.

The recruitment process will get underway in due course for McFarland’s replacement.

With Ulster having announced recently that they have their new head coach signed and sealed, this has fueled speculation on social media that McFarland is set to be announced the new head coach of the northern province.

McFarland 15 years at Connacht as both a player and an assistant coach and he has a great insight into the Irish rugby landscape.

Ulster Director of Operations, Bryn Cunningham, said after their draw with Ulster at the weekend that the new coach is “lined up, signed and agreed.”

McFarland is believed to be one of the coaches interviewed for the position, along with Jim Mallinder, Steve Tandy and Glenn Moore.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter