Scottish Rugby has appointed New Zealand born Vern Cotter as future head coach of the national team.
Currently with top French side Clermont Auvergne Cotter, 51, has enjoyed extensive success in both the northern and southern hemisphere, he will take over from Scott Johnson in June next year.
He has been with Clermont since 2006, directing them to the French championship in 2010. Prior to his post in France, Cotter was part of the coaching set-up that steered Canterbury Crusaders to successive Super rugby titles in 2005 and 2006.
Scottish Rugby’s chief executive, Mark Dodson, said: “We are delighted to have secured the services of a coach of Vern’s pedigree for the Scotland team.
“Vern is rightly regarded as one of the top coaches in the world and to have secured someone of his calibre is a coup for Scotland. He was our first choice as head coach and we are pleased to have secured him on a two-year contract taking us up to and beyond the Rugby World Cup 2015.
Cotter will step into his post in 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 Six Nations Championship before joining full-time as head coach ahead of the summer tour.”
Cotter said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been appointed to the role of Scotland head coach.
“I look forward to the Scotland team growing in competitiveness and stature. We will build a winning team together.
“I have been in regular contact with Mark and Scott Johnson in recent weeks and I’m delighted that Jonathan Humphreys has joined the coaching team.”
The appointment was made following an international search led by Mark Dodson. The appointment panel comprised of Alan Lawson (SRU President), Sir Moir Lockhead (SRU Chairman), Ian McLauchlan, John Jeffrey and Mark Dodson.