Dan Soper: RBAI director of rugby is named as Ulster assistant coach

New Zealander Dan Soper
Dan Soper has guided RBAI to three Ulster Schools' Cup triumphs

RBAI's director of rugby and Banbridge coach Dan Soper has been appointed assistant to new Ulster head coach Dan McFarland.

New Zealander Soper has guided RBAI to three Ulster Schools' Cup triumphs and also coached Banbridge to the All-Ireland League play-offs this season.

"The prospect of working in the professional game is something I am really enthused about," said Soper, 41.

"It is a challenge that I am really looking forward to."

Ulster said Soper would still be involved at Banbridge next season

There is still some uncertainly over when McFarland, currently Scotland's forwards coach, will link up with Ulster.

Scottish Rugby has said McFarland would serve a nine-month notice period before departing in January, although the Irish province are believed to be confident of striking a deal to get their man in place for the start of next season.

Last week, Jared Payne was appointed as Ulster defence coach.

This followed the Ulster, Ireland and Lions centre's retirement from playing because of recurring headaches.

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