April 30, 2018 / 5:23 PM / 3 months ago

Rugby-McFarland to leave Scotland after being named Ulster head coach

April 30 (Reuters) - Scotland assistant coach Dan McFarland will leave the national team set-up and take charge of Pro14 side Ulster next season on a three-year contract, the organisations said on Monday.

McFarland, who was named Scotland assistant coach in 2017, will serve a nine-month notice period until mid-January as Scottish Rugby look for suitable replacements.

The 46-year-old will replace Jono Gibbes as Ulster head coach after the former New Zealand player announced he would step down at the end of the season.

"I am really excited that I will be taking on the Ulster head coach role. I know first hand from my years visiting with Connacht and Glasgow the passion and fervour that makes playing in front of Ulster fans so special," McFarland told Ulster's website www.ulsterrugby.com.

“It’s a club with a great history and I welcome the challenge of being a part of their future.”

Scottish Rugby said in a statement that Worcester Warriors head coach Carl Hogg has joined the national side’s coaching staff on an interim basis.

Hogg and McFarland will work together as forward coaches during Scotland’s 2018 tour of Canada, U.S. and Argentina.

Ulster have had an inconsistent season where they were knocked out of the Champions Cup in January and are currently fourth in Pro 14 Conference B. (Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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