The Irish Rugby Football Union have secured Dan McFarland’s release from Scottish Rugby, enabling him to take over at Ulster on Monday. The unions have reached an agreement to allow the 46-year-old to leave his post as Scotland forwards coach early.
McFarland signed a three-year deal with the province in April, but was contractually bound to serve out a nine-month notice period with his current employers.
Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby had taken charge of Ulster’s pre-season training in the absence of the former Glasgow Warriors and Connacht assistant coach.
An Ulster statement read:”The Irish Rugby Football Union and Scottish Rugby have reached an agreement to allow Dan McFarland to begin working with Ulster Rugby tomorrow, Monday.
“The parties reached a mutual agreement on terms this weekend, allowing Dan to take up his new role as head coach of Ulster.”
The agreement comes after 14 weeks of negotiations between the two unions and just 12 days before Ulster open their Pro14 campaign of the season against Scarlets.