Former Scotland coach is Flying Fijians mentor
January 28, 2020 2:02 pm
Vernon Cotter [Source: Planetrugby]
Former Scotland coach Vernon Cotter who has been announced today as the new Flying Fijians coach is looking forward to the new challenges.
Cotter will be contracted with the FRU for the next three years.
The 57-year-old says it will be an exciting journey for him as he will be based in Fiji.
“I’m really excited about getting this position with the Fiji Rugby Union as head coach of the Flying Fijians, I’ve been really impressed with the people I’ve dealt with until now and we all know the talent there is in Fiji and the good work that’s been done up until now I’m really looking forward to working with the people that have been integral in bringing Fiji rugby forward at all grades, players, coaches and administration”.
As reported by FBC Sports last week, Cotter was linked to the Flying Fijians job after French Top 14 club Montpellier announced former French coach Phillipe Saint-Andre is set to become the new Director of Rugby at top 14 club, replacing Cotter.
Cotter’s contract with Montpellier is expected to end in June but he may ask for an early release.
The 57-year-old was part of the coaching set-up for the successful Crusaders side between 2005 and 2006, before getting an 8-year stint in France with Clermont between 2006 and 2014.
He coached Scotland from 2014 to 2017.
In May 2017, Cotter left his position at Scotland with a 53% win rate (19 wins from 36 games).