Fiji is losing coach Vern Cotter, who resigned seven months before the World Cup

Fiji is losing coach Vern Cotter, who resigned seven months before the World Cup

Vern Cotter Lauren O’Sullivan / Panoramic

A severe blow to Fiji by announcing the departure of its coach for “personal reasons”.

Fiji is looking for a new coach seven months after the Rugby World Cup in France after New Zealander Vern Cotter resigned on Thursday due to “Personal reasonsThe 61-year-old took charge of Fiji in 2020 after coaching French clubs Clermont and Montpellier. He also led Scotland to the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup.

Teveta Toilua, interim chief executive of the Fiji Rugby Union, declined to comment on Cotter’s future replacement – “It can be Fijian or foreign– But he plans to hire a coach by the end of February. “Rugby had blessed Fiji with Vern Cotter on board but the decision (Quit) It came directly from him for personal reasonsHe told a news conference in Suva, the capital of Fiji. “It’s time to find a coach who can take your Flying Fijians to the next level (in the world Cup)But we are confident that we have the playersHe confirmed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the players and coaches I have worked with during my time with the team.Cotter said in a statement released by New Zealand media. I think the team has made great improvements over the past few years, both on and off the field. I think we’ve built a great culture that speaks to good people who work hard and enjoy each other’s company, and I’m disappointed to be leaving at that point. I am disappointed to leave the team at this time. I wish the team well in the next Rugby World Cup later this year. “

Fiji has been drawn along with Australia and Wales, two nations that have recently changed coaches, as well as Georgia and Portugal in Group C of the upcoming Rugby World Cup, which will be played in France (8 September – 28 October). The best performance of Fiji in the World Cup came in the 2007 edition, which was already competing in France, where they reached the quarter-finals after winning the group against Wales (38-34), before losing to South Africa, the future winner (37-20). .

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