Vern Cotter was appointed as Scotland head coach in May 2013, with the view of taking up his post at the start of the 2014/15 season.
In his playing days, the former Number 8 donned the Bay of Plenty and the Counties Manukau jerseys before heading to Italy in 1989 and enjoying spells at a number of French clubs between 1990 and 1999.
In 2000, he took up the Head Coach role at Bay of Plenty before joining Super Rugby side Canterbury Crusaders as Forwards Coach in 2005.
Cotter was part of the coaching team which guided the Crusaders to successive league wins in 2005 and 2006.
He moved to take up the role as Head Coach for French side Clermont Auvergne in 2006, leading them to European Challenge Cup glory in his first season.
He also broke new ground for the club as he masterminded their first ever victory in the French Top14.
Cotter led Scotland to three victories from four games on their 2014 summer tour, backed up by two wins out of three in the autumn.
Following a winless RBS 6 Nations campaign, his charges had a narrow loss to Ireland in Dublin, two wins against Italy – including a record 48-7 victory at BT Murrayfield Stadium –and a 19-16 loss to France in Paris, before steering Scotland to the Rugby World Cup quarter-final.