Home Rugby Scotland Announce New Coach To Replace Vern Cotter

Scotland Announce New Coach To Replace Vern Cotter

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Vern Cotter, Head Coach of Scotland looks on during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park on October 3, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

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.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 13 : Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 match, between Glasgow Warriors and Toulouse at Scotstoun Stadium on December 13, 2014 in Glasgow Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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

About The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team. If you would like to join the team, drop us an email at write@punditarena.com.