Scotland lock Al Kellock backs Vern Cotter appointment

Last Updated: 28/05/13 6:15pm

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Alastair Kellock: Appointment of Vern Cotter a positive move

Alastair Kellock: Appointment of Vern Cotter a positive move

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Scotland lock Alastair Kellock has backed the appointment of Vern Cotter as head coach.

Cotter will take over on a full-time basis in June 2014 when his contract with Clermont Auvergne expires, although he will assist interim head coach Scott Johnson and the coaching team with advice during the autumn Test series in November and the 2014 Six Nations series.

The 51-year-old led Clermont to the French title in 2010 as well as this season's Heineken Cup final, where they lost to fellow Top 14 side Toulon.

"His pedigree speaks for itself. He has an exceptional resume," said Kellock.

"I know enough about him to know he will be very good. We are in a very good place as far as moving forward is concerned.

"We finished third in the Six Nations and I think it's a good time for Scottish rugby. To get a head coach like that shows the position we are in.

"We will get to know what he is looking for us to do and that's probably the key thing when a new coach comes in.

"I'm sure he will come in with his own ideas and put them into place. We've got a fantastic team already. Vern will come in and hopefully we can keep taking steps forward."

Scotland's focus will be on next month's four-team international tournament in South Africa though, where they will take on the host nation as well as Samoa and Italy.

"There are quite a lot of new caps, quite a lot of young lads coming in, so it will allow them to get experience as well which is exciting," added Kellock.

"Samoa and South Africa are two of the most physical teams you will play against and then we will see what happens for the third game.

"The most important thing is to go there and keep the performance at the level it was at the Six Nations. If we are good enough on the day, we will win them."

Meanwhile, the SRU has also confirmed Scotland's opening autumn Test against Japan on 9 November will be played at Murrayfield, before they face South Africa on 17 November 17 and Australia on 23 November.

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