Vern Cotter has vowed to always support Scotland as he begins his new life as Head Coach of French side Montpellier.

And he insists he has no bad feelings towards Scottish Rugby, believing that Gregor Townsend can do a good job with the national squad in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

The man who led Scotland into the 2015 World Cup and to  three home wins in the most recent 6 Nations told a French newspaper:  “I had a contract for two years, up to the 2015 World Cup and they extended it by a season. The job I was given was to build a team and return Scotland to a good level that would allow Gregor Townsend to take over in a good state.

“Two years out from the 2019 World Cup it was time for Gregor to be appointed in order to get things started.

“I was lucky to be in charge of a group of good guys who were hard-working and imbued with a strong Scottish identity. I liked being alongside guys like Greig Laidlaw, Finn Russell, Stuart Hogg, Jonny Gray and many others. Through contact with such people you get better.

“It was a tough building job to start with but an exciting challenge. I took over a group that was above all used to playing in order to avoid losing and which often did lose despite that. We had to build a depth of game but more importantly a culture which created an ambitious team that aspired to win.

“We worked a lot on this last point – it was about confidence. The team had to believe in itself and its capacity to play to win. That was the common goal we all tried to attain.”

“From now on I am simply a Scotland supporter and I am looking ahead at Montpellier.”

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