Ospreys Director of Coaching, Scott Johnson, has confirmed that he is to stand down from his post and will leave the region at the end of the current season to join Scotland's coaching team after next year's Six Nations.
Former Wales Skills Coach, Australia Assistant Coach and Head Coach of USA, Johnson, who was appointed to the role in April 2009, is to pursue other opportunities in the game having informed the board of his intention to move on ahead of Boxing Dayís derby match against the Scarlets.
Confirming his Ospreys exit, Johnson said,"Having initially committed myself to the Ospreys for three years, Iíve taken the time to consider my future plans and have advised the directors that while I intend to see out the remainder of my contract I will not be looking to renew at the end of the season.
"When I joined the region I had a remit to help set-up systems that would enable us to bring through home grown talent, coaches and players, a challenge Iíve thoroughly enjoyed getting my teeth into over the last three years.
"I feel that now is the right time for me to move on to other challenges but I remain 100 per cent committed to the Ospreys between now and the end of the season."
In the first season with Johnson in charge (09/10) the Ospreys reached the last eight in Europe and won the first ever Magners League Grand Final. They reached the semi-finals again the following season (10/11) and remain well placed to repeat that feat this season.
Andrew Hore, Chief Operations Officer at the Ospreys, commented,"It is a huge disappointment for us to be losing Scott at the end of the season, but we understand that he feels it is the right time for him to move on to other challenges having served the three years he committed himself to us for originally.
"In 2008 we started a process which would see the Ospreys become a world leading player and coach development organisation with Scott joining us a year later as a part of this, to assist in producing such a development programme. Although this is now the end of the second phase, this process continues.
Former Wallaby assistant coach Johnson will join the Scotland set-up led by Andy Robinson in time for the tour of Australia, Fiji and Samoa in June.
Scotland coach Robinson, announcing Johnson's appointment as senior assistant coach, said Tuesday: "I am delighted Scott has agreed to join the Scotland coaching team.
"I have huge respect for him as a coach and a person having coached against him on numerous occasions," the former England flanker and coach added.
Johnson said: "I'm excited by this challenge. Scotland is a country with a great history in rugby and with Andy there's a real focus point to get it back to where it belongs on the world stage by creating something new and brighter."