Ulster Rugby Confirm Appointment Of New Head Coach

Done deal.

Ulster Rugby have confirmed that Dan McFarland will take the reins as Head Coach next season on a three-year contract, replacing the outgoing Jono Gibbes.

The highly-rated Englishman is currently working with the Scottish national team as Assistant Coach to Gregor Townsend, and has had spells with Connacht, Glasgow, Ireland U20 and Ireland Wolfhounds.

He made a seamless transition from playing to coaching at Connacht in 2006, taking up the Forwards Coach role before becoming their Assistant Coach in 2010.

McFarland took over as Assistant Coach at Glasgow Warriors in 2015 and he worked alongside Townsend before the pair took up posts with the national side in May 2017.

Commenting on his move to Belfast, Dan 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.”