Scott Johnson confirmed as Scotland coach

The Scottish Rugby Union have confirmed that senior assistant coach Scott Johnson will take on the role of interim head coach for the 2013 6 Nations Championship and the summer tour of South Africa.

The announcement was made today 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 EMC 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 6 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 stand-off/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.”

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