Connacht's elite player development officer Jimmy Duffy has emerged as the favourite to take over from Dan McFarland as the province's assistant coach.
McFarland left his post at the end of the season to join Glasgow Warriors, and the Westerners are said to be keen to promote Duffy as Pat Lam's No 2.
Duffy has spent several years involved in the Ireland U-18s coaching set-up and if, as expected, he takes up the new role, it will represent a significant step up in his career.
The province's former back-rower joined the Connacht coaching staff in 2011 and has seen his reputation rapidly grow in the last four years.
As well as coaching the academy, Duffy has also been heavily involved with the Connacht Eagles in recent seasons.
Former Munster winger Mossy Lawler was recently appointed as an elite player development officer with Connacht and will work under academy manager and current Ireland U-20 coach Nigel Carolan.