Saturday 10 December 2016

McFarland will be a huge loss to Connacht

Johnny O'Connor

Published 03/04/2015 | 02:30

Connacht assistant coach Dan McFarland
Connacht assistant coach Dan McFarland

Connacht assistant coach Dan McFarland last week signed on to become Shade Munro's replacement as Glasgow forwards coach next year. It's a huge signing for them but what a loss to Connacht.

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I suppose we've known for a couple of weeks now that he wasn't going to be staying in the Sportsground after this year, but still to lose him to another Pro12 side like that is disappointing.

Dan has made a significant difference with the forwards in the province and I am always telling people that Dan is probably up there with the top coaches around.

He's one of the leading guys in his field and just because he's in Connacht maybe people outside the professional rugby environment have underestimated his ability. But he will be very hard to replace - he is massive loss to Connacht.

It clearly not a case of Connacht not wanting him or anything like that but he probably wanted to go there to further his career. It will leave a huge hole next year. It's going to be so difficult to acquire a coach of his talent.

You have to wonder is there someone of that quality out there that's free at the moment?

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