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Scots move gives McFarland chance of early Ulster arrival

By Jonathan Bradley

Scotland are thought to be close to appointing a replacement for the Ulster-bound Dan McFarland, putting the wheels in motion for an earlier than expected arrival in Belfast for the province's new head coach.

Gregor Townsend's men are currently preparing for this weekend's Test against the USA Eagles in Houston but are believed to have secured the services of Danny Wilson to act as their forwards coach next season.

Wilson, who led Cardiff Blues to Challenge Cup glory back in May, was set to head to Wasps and work under Dai Young at the Ricoh Arena but the lure of joining the international ranks has seemingly proven too great.

The SRU had been looking to fill the hole left in their coaching ticket since April, when McFarland opted to leave his post and replace Jono Gibbes as Ulster's head coach for the 2018/19 campaign.

Irked by losing a key lieutenant so close to next year's World Cup in Japan, the initial statement confirming McFarland's exit declared he would be working out his notice period until January of 2019 rather than arriving at Kingspan Stadium in time for pre-season training next month.

The appointment of Wilson though would make it far more likely that McFarland is released from his deal early, with Ulster likely paying some form of compensation.

Despite his imminent move, the former Connacht and Glasgow coach has still been working with Scotland on their summer tour, sharing the load with Worcester's Carl Hogg.

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