Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Cotter to coach Scotland

Vern Cotter will not take over as Scotland coach until his Clermont Auvergne contract expires

New Zealander Vern Cotter has been confirmed as the next head coach of Scotland - but will not take charge until next summer.

The Scottish Rugby Union on Monday announced the 51-year-old would begin his role in June 2014, when his contract at French club Clermont Auvergne expires.

SRU chief executive Mark Dodson said: "We always knew we would secure Vern's services from June 2014, until then, he will be on hand to assist Scott Johnson and the Scotland coaching team with advice during the autumn Tests in November and the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship before joining us full-time as head coach ahead of our summer tour next year."

Johnson led Scotland to a third-placed finish in the Six Nations and advised the SRU on the recruitment process.

The Australian said: "I believe this is a real coup for Scottish Rugby. Vern Cotter is a top rugby coach who is amongst the most highly-regarded coaches in the world."

Cotter led Clermont to the European Challenge Cup in his first season in charge and the French title in 2010 after a hat-trick of second-placed finishes.

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