Connacht appoint Duffy as their new forwards coach
Connacht have promoted Jimmy Duffy as the province's forwards coach to replace the outgoing Dan McFarland.
As first reported in the Irish Independent, Duffy, who has spent the last four years as Connacht's elite player development officer, will begin his role on June 29 - when the squad is due back for pre-season training.
Commenting on his new role, Duffy is relishing the opportunity to work with the senior team.
"I want to make my contribution and support Pat (Lam) and the rest of the management team in taking the next step forward," he said.
Meanwhile, having been linked to the vacant Leinster head coach position, it is understood that former All Black Tony Brown is not in the running to replace Matt O'Connor.
The province have, however, drafted in former Ireland centre Kurt McQuilkin on a two-month contract as defence coach.