Coach Cotter commits to Scotland until 2017

The Scotland rugby Union have announced that current head coach Vern Cotter
has committed to the national team by extending his contract to 2017.

Cotter took charge of Scotland in the summer of 2014 and has changed Scotland
into more of an attack minded team.

He said: “I’m really happy to be able to continue working with the players,
the organisation, the Board, and everyone involved.

“There are some talented players with some things to develop, and together
we are focused on facing that challenge in what I think are exciting times for
Scottish rugby all over.

“There’s a generation of players coming all the way from the new BT Sport
Scottish Rugby Academies, Scotland under-20s and the pro clubs into the national
team and I’m pleased to be part of that.”

Record crowds have turned out to support Scotland throughout his tenure, which
started brightly with three Test wins from four on a grueling overseas tour
of USA, Canada, Argentina and South Africa.

The Autumn Tests followed and, after defeating Argentina 41-31 –
and coming agonisingly close to World Champions New Zealand at Murrayfield –
he led the squad to a fifth Test victory over Tonga at Rugby Park in Kilmarnock.

Unfortunately that form didn’t materialise in the Six Nations for Scotland,
who were edged out of their opening three encounters by a total of 13 points,
and ultimately finished bottom of the table.

Now, after two months of pre-season training, Scotland are just six weeks from
the beginning of the Rugby World Cup 2015, with their preparations set to intensify
again with the beginning of the summer Tests, and each game an opportunity for
the extended squad to champion a place at the showpiece tournament.

Cotter added: “The culture of rugby is strong in this country and it’s
important that passion is reflected in the performances of the national team.

“We take great pride in the honour that represents and, while it’s pleasing
to be in a position to plan longer term, our focus is absolutely fixed on preparing
for the Rugby World Cup.”

Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson, said: “I am very pleased we
will be extending Vern’s role as Scotland Head Coach for a further year.

“When we recruited him he was the outstanding candidate for the role and
that view has not changed.

“The work he is doing with our young, talented squad of players has taken
the team forward and we can now deliver continuity for the national team well
beyond the Rugby World Cup 2015.”

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