Connacht assistant coach Dan McFarland will join the Glasgow Warriors coaching team in the summer.
The former Ireland Wolfhounds coach will work alongside Gregor Townsend, Matt Taylor and Kenny Murray at Scotstoun to oversee the coaching of the forwards.
The former prop, who made over 100 appearances for Connacht from 2000 to 2006, has also played for Richmond and Stade Francais. He was appointed forwards coach at the Sportsground in 2006 and then assistant coach in 2010 of the Irish Province who now regularly challenge for a top six place in the PRO12. Last season they recorded one of the results of the European Cup in recent seasons by beating Toulouse in France.
In 2007, McFarland linked up with Eric Elwood to guide the Ireland Under-20s to a grand slam of victories in the Six Nations Championship.
Commenting on the appointment, Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “Dan has done a fantastic job at Connacht over the last nine years and is a high quality technical coach.
“He has an excellent reputation and we believe that he will play a key role in helping to develop a number of our younger players, which he has done really well at Connacht.”
Meanwhile down the M8 came the sad news that Matt Scott has had to undergo further surgery, following an injury to his left shoulder sustained during the final game of the RBS 6 Nations.
It had been hoped that Matt would be able to manage his injury conservatively but following consultation with specialists at Spire Murrayfield the decision to perform an investigative arthroscopy was taken. This resulted in him requiring a further surgical procedure to help deal with his shoulder complaints.
Matt will now continue with his rehabilitation programme with the Edinburgh Rugby medical team and will be unavailable to play for Edinburgh for the rest of the season.
This also puts a dampener on any chances of a settled midfield pairing of note during the World Cup. Mark Bennett may be sleeping more easily, as he is now Scotland’s first choice in the midfield…