Cotter named Scotland coach - from 2014

Last updated 07:27 28/05/2013
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NEW OPPORTUNITY: New Zealander Vern Cotter has been hired to coach Scotland to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, from next year.

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New Zealander Vern Cotter has been hired to coach Scotland to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, from next year.

The Scottish Rugby Union said on Monday that Cotter will take over for two years from June 2014, when his contract with French club Clermont Auvergne ends.

Scott Johnson, the interim coach since November, was appointed director of rugby but will stay in charge of Scotland for a second straight Six Nations next year, then hand over to Cotter to give him a year's buildup to the World Cup in England.

Cotter, at Clermont since 2006, led the club to the recent Heineken Cup final and said after a Top 14 semifinal loss last weekend that next season would be his last at the club.

The SRU concluded the contract with Cotter months ago, chief executive Mark Dodson said, but waited until the end of Clermont's season to make the announcement.

"To have secured someone of his caliber is a coup for Scotland," Dodson said. "It's a measure of our standing that we have him on board."

Cotter, who will advise Scotland in the meantime, said in a statement he was thrilled and honored to be the next coach.

The former No. 8 coached Bay of Plenty in New Zealand and helped the Crusaders win successive Super Rugby titles before he moved to France.

Under Cotter, Clermont was French runner-up for three straight years before winning the Top 14 in 2010, and has been knocked out in the semifinals each season since then.

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