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Sunday 20 October 2019

Joe Schmidt's old pal Vern Cotter confirmed as next Scottish Head Coach

Gavin McCafferty

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 today 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."

Joe Schmidt was Cotter's Assistant Coach at Clermont before he moved to Leinster in 2010.

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