Connacht Rugby have confirmed that backs coach Conor McPhillips will finish in his role with the province at the end of the current season. The former Connacht back, who played with the province from 2003 to 2008, will take up a role as assistant coach with Bristol.
Commenting on the news, Connacht CEO Willie Ruane said: “I’d like to thank Conor for all the work he’s done with Connacht over the last number of years and wish him and his family the very best in their move to England during the summer.
“As a province, we hope to be in a position to make some announcements with respect to next season’s backroom team in the coming days.”
Conor McPhillips added: “I have many great memories after 15 years with Connacht Rugby, as a player, performance analyst and coach. It was with Connacht that I got my first opportunity to move in to coaching and it’s been an incredibly rewarding time working as part of the backroom team.
“The relationships I’ve built here and the friends I’ve made will be what I miss most but I feel the time is right to challenge myself as a coach in a new environment.
“We have hugely important games coming up for Connacht and I remain fully focused on our team goals and look forward to a strong finish to the season.”