Vern Cotter’s Murrayfield reign ended on a high as he signed off as Scotland head coach with a comfortable 29-0 win over Italy.
The Kiwi rugby union coach got a standing ovation after the RBS 6 Nations game as he strode on to the pitch at full-time.
And fans got all emotional:
Every time the camera goes to Vern Cotter, I get a little more sad 😢
— gilly △⃒⃘ (@iforgotthefall) March 18, 2017
They should give Vern Cotter man of the match.
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) March 18, 2017
I am so sad that this is Vern Cotter's last game 💔
— Lorna Westwood (@LornaWestwood) March 18, 2017
Some thought Cotter did an impressive job with the Scottish team during his time:
Wish Vern Cotter wasn't leaving the Scotland job, has done a fantastic job!! #SCOvITA
— Cameron Birnie (@CammyBirnie) March 18, 2017
Vern Cotter set bow out with 53% win ratio – better than any other Scotland head coach, even Geech
— Jon Newcombe (@RugbyTimes) March 18, 2017
Vern Cotter has done a great job with Scotland, leaving them in a very good place 2 years out from RWC
— RDPricey (@RDPricey2) March 18, 2017
— J (@dharmabum013) March 18, 2017
An emotional Cotter fought back tears.
“I’d like to thank the players and everybody for the last three years, it’s been fantastic,” the head coach said in a quivering voice before embracing his players and staff.
And the internet cried even more:
— #RugbyGlasgow (@RugbyGlasgow) March 18, 2017
Aww seeing Vern Cotter cry is the greatest thing ever😿💙💙
— Josh Paul (@JoshPaul_AGRFC) March 18, 2017
Vern Cotter proving that big boys do occasionally cry. Great coach who did a fine job. #SCOvITA
— Duncan Metcalfe (@TomJoad75) March 18, 2017
If Vern Cotter cries we all cry. Please note he is welcome by all @Scotlandteam fans.
— Morgan Clifford (@MKClifford123) March 18, 2017
Cotter will be replaced by Glasgow’s Gregor Townsend this summer.