Scottish Rugby has announced that Vern Cotter is to be the next coach of the Scotland team, joining them in a full-time position from June 2014.
Cotter, 51, a New Zealander by birth, is currently the head coach with Top 14 club, Clermont, who reached the Heineken Cup final earlier in May.
He has been with Clermont since 2006, directing them to the French title in 2010. Prior to his post in France, Cotter was part of the coaching set-up that steered the Crusaders to successive Super rugby championship titles in 2005 and 2006.
"We are delighted to have secured the services of a coach of Vern's pedigree for the Scotland team," said Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson.
"Vern is rightly regarded as one of the top coaches in the world and to have secured someone of his calibre is a coup for Scotland. He was our first choice as head coach and we are pleased to have secured him on a two year contract taking us up to and beyond the Rugby World Cup 2015. We compiled a short list of world class candidates last December and Vern was top of that list.
"We did our business with Vern some months ago and we believe we have the best man for the role with our national team. It's a measure of our standing that we have him on board. We delayed our announcement out of respect to Clermont and Vern as they prepared for the two most important games in their season. We are satisfied that we conducted our business in an honourable fashion and are sure Clermont appreciated our discretion.
"We always knew we would secure Vern's services from June 2014, until then, he will be on hand to assist Scott Johnson and the Scotland coaching team with advice during the Autumn Tests in November and the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship before joining us full-time as head coach ahead of our summer tour next year."
Cotter was clearly delighted to get the opportunity to coach at international level next year.
"I'm absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been appointed to the role of Scotland head coach," he said.
"Mark Dodson and the team at Scottish Rugby have a strategic vision and a determination to do something very special in the coming time and working with them and a talented group of players and coaches I look forward to the Scotland team growing in competitiveness and stature. We will build a winning team together.
"I have been in regular contact with Mark and Scott Johnson in recent weeks and I'm delighted that Jonathan Humphreys has joined the coaching team.
"I very much look forward to joining Scotland and until I do permanently I will be on hand to support Scott and the coaches with any advice and support they need."