Published: 14:35 | 7/1/21

Ulster boost as McFarland signs contract extension


Ulster have been boosted ahead of tomorrow's crucial PRO14 showdown with Leinster at the RDS (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 7pm) with news that head coach Dan McFarland has signed a two-year contract extension.

McFarland took over at the Kingspan Stadium in 2018 and has overseen a major transformation which has seen the province re-emerge as a major force in Irish and European rugby.

After reaching the PRO14 final last season, Ulster have won ten out of ten in the competition in the current campaign and are currently ten points clear at the top of Conference A ahead of the clash with second-placed Leinster tomorrow evening. 

"I'm delighted to be signing again with Ulster," McFarland said. 

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two and a half years working and learning with some really good people, and I’m looking forward to continuing to help drive on our improvement as a group and as individuals.

"As a group, we are extremely ambitious in our aim to be consistently competing for championships. 

"With exciting young talent continuing to emerge out of our Academy system, joining forces with the proven talent within our squad - many of whom have been recently recognised at international level - I look forward to what the weeks and months ahead hold as we take on our next challenges in the domestic league and in Europe this season."

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