Scotland turn to Alex Ferguson for inspiration

Date published: October 16 2015

Scotland centre Richie Vernon has revealed that his coach Vern Cotter is using the words of legendary football coach Alex Ferguson to inspire the team ahead of Sunday's quarter-final with Australia.

Vernon said Cotter has shown the squad a speech by Ferguson to motivate them ahead of their showdown at Twickenham.

"Sir Alex has won a few trophies and is a very good man to listen to," explained Vernon. 

"We watched a video of one of his speeches from a conference he did in Glasgow and part of it was him giving advice on how to play in a final.

"The major part that stuck was to play the game not the occasion and that will be a big focus for us against Australia. 

"That’s so important as we can’t get too carried away just because it’s the World Cup quarter-finals."