Toby Booth will take over as head coach of the Ospreys at the end of the season.

Booth was appointed assistant to Harlequins boss Paul Gustard last November and will remain with the Premiership club until the conclusion of the current campaign.

The former London Irish director of rugby will then start work with Pro14 outfit the Ospreys, who have been without a permanent head coach since Allen Clarke’s departure late last year, with Matt Sherratt and Carl Hogg in temporary charge.

Booth said: “When the opportunity was presented to join such an iconic Welsh team, based in an area that has a deep passion for the game, it made it an extremely attractive proposition.

“The Ospreys is a side full of rich talent and international experience. It is an ambitious group and has good potential to improve.

“Having developed players throughout my career, I look forward to adding value to this squad of players and developing their performances on the pitch.

“This rich rugby region has always produced young talent. The ability to help players reach their potential was a contributing factor in wanting this role.

“A team that has high numbers of home-grown talent is exciting for coaches and supporters. It helps achieve greater levels of consistency in effort as they are emotionally connected to the team.”

Booth will be charged with turning around the fortunes of a side that are bottom of Conference A with just two Pro14 wins this season.