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Ex-Connacht man McFarland appointed to Townsend's Scotland coaching team

He’ll remain at Glasgow until the end of the season.

McFarland was previously part of Pat Lam's staff at Connacht.
McFarland was previously part of Pat Lam's staff at Connacht.
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DAN MCFARLAND WILL leave his role at Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season to join Gregor Townsend’s Scottish coaching staff.

The former Connacht prop has been confirmed as one of Townsend’s assistant coaches for when he takes over the position next June.

Matt Taylor, Townsend’s defence coach at Glasgow, has also been appointed.

McFarland moved to Scotstoun Stadium after nine years on Connacht’s coaching team last year.

The former Ireland Wolfhounds coach said: “I’m very excited. It’s a great honour to be asked to coach a national side and all the more so because I know many of the players who represent Scotland through my work with Glasgow.

“My experience in Ireland, with the Emerging Ireland side and the Wolfhounds, has primed me for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to stepping into the full international environment, where the intensity and condensed nature demands a step up in many areas.

“Although it’s very exciting to sign a contract to work at a national level, I – like Gregor and Matt – are focused on our day-to-day responsibility and commitment to Glasgow Warriors until the end of a very important season.”

Townsend, who guided Glasgow to a Pro12 title in 2014/15, will replace Vern Scotter as Scottish head coach after the current campaign.

Glasgow have announced that Jason O’Halloran and Jonathan Humphreys will replace Taylor and McFarland.

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