Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has signed a two-year contract extension.

The former Ireland Under-20, Connacht and Scotland assistant took charge of the province in 2018 and guided them to last year's Guinness Pro14 final against Leinster - their first appearance in the decider for seven years.

The Englishman has led his team to the top of Conference A of this season's competition ahead of a pivotal fixture against the same opponents on Saturday.

"I'm delighted to be signing again with Ulster. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two and a half years working and learning with some really good people, and I’m looking forward to continuing to help drive on our improvement as a group and as individuals," he said on signing the new deal.

"As a group, we are extremely ambitious in our aim to be consistently competing for championships. With exciting young talent continuing to emerge out of our Academy system, joining forces with the proven talent within our squad - many of whom have been recently recognised at international level - I look forward to what the weeks and months ahead hold as we take on our next challenges in the domestic league and in Europe this season."