Glasgow assistants to join Gregor Townsend's Scotland staff

Humphreys (left) and O'Halloran are moving to Glasgow Warriors for next season
Humphreys (left) and O'Halloran are moving to Glasgow Warriors for next season

Gregor Townsend will continue to work with Glasgow assistants Matt Taylor and Dan McFarland when he takes over as Scotland head coach next season.

Defence specialist Taylor is to extend his spell with the national side after combining roles with the Warriors and Scotland for more than four seasons.

The reorganisation will see Jonathan Humphreys and Jason O'Halloran go the other way.

The Scotland assistants will work with Dave Rennie at Scotstoun next term.

New Zealander Rennie has been signed up to replace Townsend at the Pro12 club.

O'Halloran and compatriot Rennie know each other well, having coached together at Manawatu Turbos, and the pair led New Zealand to Junior World Championship titles in 2010 and 2011.

Defence coach Taylor has been by Townsend's side since the pair joined Glasgow in 2012.

McFarland moved to Glasgow last summer after nine seasons working at Irish Pro12 rivals Connacht.

Townsend, 43, will take over from Vern Cotter in June.

He said: "I have known Matt since our playing days and he has developed into an outstanding defence coach since hanging up his boots, winning Super Rugby with the Reds and the Pro12 while at Glasgow.

"He is always striving to improve and it's great that we'll continue to learn together over the next few years.

"Dan has done a fantastic job since arriving at Glasgow and before that in Ireland. He is able to combine forensic detail from the technical side of the game with a love of learning and looking to bring out the best in his players."