Dan McFarland

Dan McFarland (born 10 April 1972) is a rugby union coach who is currently the head coach at Ulster Rugby. He was the assistant coach of the Scotland national team.[1] He was formerly an assistant coach of Glasgow Warriors.[2] He announced April 2018 that he was going to be the Ulster Head Coach and was released from his contract with Scottish Rugby in August 2018.[3]

Dan McFarland
Birth nameDaniel Joseph McFarland
Date of birth (1972-04-10) 10 April 1972 (age 49)
Place of birthOxfordshire, England
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight120 kg (18 st 13 lb)
SchoolAmpleforth College
UniversityNewcastle University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Head Coach
Current team Ulster
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Stade Français

Teams coached
Years Team
Connacht (Assistant coach)
Ireland U20 (Assistant coach)
Emerging Ireland
Ireland Wolfhounds
Glasgow Warriors (Assistant coach)
Scotland (Assistant coach)
Correct as of 30 April 2018

Playing careerEdit

McFarland started his playing career in rugby union as a loosehead prop at Richmond Rugby Club as the club turned professional in 1996. Richmond suffered financial troubles in 1999 - the club went back to its amateur status in 2000 - and McFarland left Richmond in 1999 for France.[citation needed]

In season 1999-2000 he played for Stade Français and they clinched the French Top 14 championship that year.[citation needed]

From 2000-2006 he played for Connacht amassing more than 100 caps for the province.[citation needed]

Coaching careerEdit

McFarland became the forwards coach of Connacht [4] from 2006; becoming their Assistant Coach from 2010.

In 2007 he worked under the Ireland Under-20s Head Coach Eric Elwood to help coach the side to the Under 20s Six Nations championship. He later helped coach the Emerging Ireland side.[5]

McFarland took over from Shade Munro as assistant coach at Glasgow Warriors in 2015, shortly after the club won the Pro12 for the first time.[6] In May 2017, it was announced that McFarland would be joining Gregor Townsend in moving to the Scotland national team as an Assistant Coach.[1]

McFarland took up the head coaching position with Ulster Rugby in 2018.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b "Dan McFarland - Scottish Rugby Union". www.scottishrugby.org.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 April 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Glasgow Warriors profile
  3. ^ "Dan McFarland: IRFU and Ulster secure release of Scotland assistant coach". BBC Sport. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Dan McFarland agrees to join Glasgow Warriors". scotsman.com.
  5. ^ Gordon Parks (13 April 2015). "Glasgow Warriors: Forwards coach Dan McFarland to join squad from rivals Connacht". dailyrecord.
  6. ^ "BBC Sport - Glasgow: Coach Dan McFarland to switch from Connacht". BBC Sport.