Dan McFarland named as Ulster Rugby's new head coach
Ulster have named Scotland assistant Dan McFarland as their new head coach.
McFarland has signed a three-year contract and will take over from New Zealander Jono Gibbes at the start of next season.
The news comes two days after Ulster missed out on a place in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series with the province facing a play-off with Ospreys for a place in the European Champions Cup.
McFarland joined the Scotland set-up last year after moving with Gregor Townsend from Glasgow.
The Scottish Rugby Union says Englishman McFarland will remain in his post until January while they seek a replacement.
McFarland told his new club's website: "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.
"It's a club with a great history and I welcome the challenge of being a part of their future."
McFarland spent almost a decade in the Connacht coaching ranks before moving to Glasgow in 2015.
The SRU revealed McFarland would leave the national set-up in mid-January as he serves a nine-month notice period during their recruitment search.
Worcester head coach Carl Hogg has been drafted into the Scotland set-up on an interim basis and will share forwards-coaching duties with McFarland on their summer tour of the Americas.