FORMER Scotland forwards coach Dan McFarland has been released from his SRU contract so that he can take on his new role as head coach of Ulster. He will start work at Ravenhill tomorrow (Monday).
The 46-year-old was announced as Ulster’s next boss on a three-year contract in April, but was contractually obligated to stay with the SRU for a nine-month notice period, which would run until January.
A stalemate in negotiations between the SRU and Irish Rugby Football Union meant the coach was stuck in limbo, unable to start his new job, but surplus to requirements at Murrayfield after the appointment of Danny Wilson as the new Scotland forwards coach.
The governing body and Guinness PRO14 side have, however, now reached an agreement on terms to allow McFraland to join up with Ulster with immediate effect – 12 days before the start of the 2018-19 PRO14 season.
McFarland made the transition from playing to coaching at Connacht in 2006, taking up the forwards coach role before becoming assistant coach four years later.
During his time with Connacht he also held head coach positions with Emerging Ireland and the Ireland Wolfhounds.
The 46-year-old took over as assistant coach at Glasgow Warriors in 2015 and he worked alongside Gregor Townsend before the pair took up posts with the national side last May.