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Cotter could also be Welsh target

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    02 Jan 2018     Getty Images

Former Wales coach Mike Ruddock, the last coach to oversee a Wales Grand Slam in 40 years has told the Wales Rugby Union they need to add Cotter to their list.

He told The Rugby Paper: "Very is definitely one who should be considered. He is a class act."

Now coaching Montpellier in France's Top 14 competition, the club is in second place and considered a contender for final honours. He took up the French position after his role as Scotland coach was cut short.

However, he is credited with laying the foundation that incoming coach Gregor Townsend has built on to further develop the Scottish game.

Other New Zealand contenders already mentioned have been Wayne Pivac, coaching Llanelli's Scarlets, Dave Rennie coaching Glasgow and Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd.

Another contender, former international Dai Young, was in consideration but he signed a long term contract with Wasps and was reluctant to leave that position.

Ruddock, who is now coaching in Ireland, said he would not consider his own position because his family were happy in Ireland.

"The Welsh RFU want to get their ducks in a line. But a lot can happen in 18 months.

"There are so many variables that you don't know who may come on the mark after the World Cup. People like Joe Schmidt (the former Blues assistant coach and now Ireland coach) could be available," he said.