Kellock backs new boss Cotter

Date published: May 29 2013

Scotland and Glasgow lock Al Kellock has supported the appointment of Clermont boss Vern Cotter for 2014.

Scotland and Glasgow lock Al Kellock has supported the appointment of Clermont boss Vern Cotter for 2014.

“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.

Cotter has guided Clermont to a Top 14 title and this season's Heineken Cup Final in his time in France.

The New Zealander will take charge of Scotland full-time from June 2014, but will assist current interim boss Scott Johnson in the upcoming Autumn Internationals and Six Nations campaign.

“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,” said Kellock.

“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.

Kellock is part of a Scotland squad that will take on Samoa, Italy and South Africa next month, looking to carry on from their positive third-placed finish in the Six Nations.

“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.”

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