Johnson confirmed as Scotland coach

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:39
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It’s an honour to take charge of the national team

Scott Johnson has been confirmed as Scotland’s interim head coach for the 2013 Six Nations Championship and the tour of South Africa.

The announcement was made on Thursday by Scottish Rugby’s CEO Mark Dodson, who confirmed that the global recruitment search to identify a permanent successor to Andy Robinson is ongoing.

Robinson stepped down after Scotland lost their three Tests last month, bringing an end to his three-year tenure in the post.

Dodson said: “Scott has a wealth of experience of international rugby, which was instrumental in his appointment earlier this year as our senior assistant coach.

“He has coached with Australia, Wales and the USA and knows what it is to prepare teams to win on the international battleground.

“Scott knows our players and coaches well and is determined to hit the ground running with a successful Six Nations Championship.”

Johnson will work alongside existing assistant coach Matt Taylor (defence) and specialists Duncan Hodge (kicking and catching) and Massimo Cuttitta (scrummaging) to prepare the team.  An interim forwards coach will also be appointed in due course.

Johnson, 50, a former Australian Under-21 flyhalf and centre, said: “It’s an honour to take charge of the national team for our imminent campaign.

“I will be doing everything I can to bring the best out of our players as we all seek to achieve winning performances.”