Vern Cotter

Vernon Anthony Cotter (born 27 January 1962) is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player, who is currently the head coach of the Fiji national team.[1] He was formally 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 Auvergne between 2006 and 2014. He is a former International head coach, having coached the Scottish national team, but left his role in May 2017 after it was announced in August 2016 that his contract was not extended by the Scottish Rugby Union.[2] In January 2020 Cotter was appointed as coach of the Fiji national side.[3]

Vern Cotter
Birth nameVernon Anthony Cotter
Date of birth (1962-01-27) 27 January 1962 (age 60)
Place of birthNew Zealand
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight115 kg (254 lb)
Notable relative(s)Jeremy Cotter (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) No. 8
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1980–1990
1990–1994
1994–1996
1996–1997
1997–1998
1998–1999
Counties Manukau
Rumilly
FC Lourdes
Saint-Junien
FC Lourdes
U.S. Castelnau-Madiran
()
Teams coached
Years Team
2000–2004
2005–2006
2006–2014
2014–2017
2017
2017–2019
2020–
Bay of Plenty
Crusaders (Forwards coach)
Clermont Auvergne
Scotland
Barbarians
Montpellier
Fiji
Correct as of 28 September 2016

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