Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby will work with Ulster before the arrival of new head coach Dan McFarland.

Easterby will commence work with the Ulster coaching staff this week.

McFarland has signed a contract to join Ulster, but the Scottish Rugby Union want him to serve out a nine-month notice period, which would be January.

The Irish province are aiming to bring McFarland in sooner if they can reach an agreement with the SRU.