Vern Cotter is to stand down as Scotland coach in June 2017
The Scottish Rugby Union shocked the rugby world this afternoon, after announcing that Vern Cotter will step down as Scotland coach in June 2017.
In Cotter’s place, the SRU have decided to appoint current Glasgow Warriors coach, Gregor Townsend.
Townsend’s reputation has sky rocketed since taking charge of the Glasgow Warriors, where he has promoted an attacking brand of rugby and claimed the Pro 12 title in 2015.
His success with the Scottish club saw Townsend linked with a move to Harlequins after Conor O’Shea departed for Italy at the end of the season.
Nonetheless, some will see Cotter as being hard done by, after lifting Scottish rugby from the doldrums of the Andy Robinson and Scott Johnson eras. Indeed, if it were not for a crazy refereeing decision, Cotter may have well led Scotland to a famous World Cup win over Australia last year.
The decision of the SRU not to offer Cotter a new contract will fuel further speculation linking the kiwi with some involvement in the Lions coaching set up.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena