7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
McLaughlin joined Ulster Rugby in the summer of 2009 with over 15 years of coaching experience. Regarded as an excellent technical coach, McLaughlin is a stickler for the basics, but not afraid to a little ingenuity.
Part of a much lauded Ards' back-row in the 1980s with Ireland stars Philip Matthews and Nigel Carr, McLaughlin's playing career was cut short through injury.
Brian was part of the successful Irish U21 coaching team that won two triple crowns in 1996 and 1998 and in September 2005 he took up the role of specialist skills coach with Ireland, a position he held until April 2008, helping the team to win the Triple Crown in both 2006 and 2007.
"I'm absolutely delighted to be committing my coaching future to Ulster," he said.
"I've said before that I feel there is something special about this Ulster Squad, and had I opted to return to teaching at this stage, I would always have wondered what we could have been capable of."
"I've chosen to stay because of the confidence I have in the players and coaching staff. We have developed a good squad culture and an array of talent that will stand us in good stead in the next few years. Since I came on board two years ago we have always looked to compete with the best teams in Europe and we are def continuing to progressing in the right direction."
"I would like to that the Board of Governors of RBAI for their understanding following my decision not to return to teaching. I have been incredibly fortunate to be able to count on the support of the school in allowing me to pursue my coaching ambitions with Ulster and Ireland."