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scotjohnsonScott Johnson, Scotland’s senior assistant coach, will take on the role of interim head coach for the 2013 RBS 6 Nations Championship and the summer tour of South Africa.

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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 RBS 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.”

4 Responses to Scottish Rugby: Scott is Scot’s interim head coach

  • 1

    It seems as if Scott has been around doing a fair bit of coaching and his appointment was always going to be most likely with so little time between the time it would have been eventually announced ie. now and the start of 6 nations, a while ago Scottish Rugby Union also suggested they may go down the route of an interim coach. All the best Mr Johnson, hope he can do good things with the team!

  • 2

    Heard an interview with Scott Johnson around the time of the end of year tours and was quite impressed by what I heard, can’t remember the exact detail of it all, but he sounded like a man with a lot of passion for the game and who likes to see his players continue trying their hearts out and have the need to perfect what they are doing so think he may push them quite a lot in training. Since then have read some very disgruntled folk out there who are not so keen on the man seems like it has a lot to do with his time coaching in Wales, again don’t know the detail and don’t think its fair to start dissing the man before he has even started properly in the job. One thing that struck me during the interview was he sounded quite ‘jovial, enthusiastic and forthright’ so there may be some interesting press conferences to come from him, may be good to keep your ears peeled for these especially as we will be head coach on the tour to South Africa next year, if you can get to any GBS you may get some good footage.

  • 3

    Wonder who the interim forwards coach will be, hope he is announced soon so that the coaches can all get together and start planning for 6 nations.

  • 4

    Thought it interesting to read this comment from Greig Laidlaw after had expressed my opinion in hearing him in the interview a while back – “He’s a very clever coach,” Scotland fly-half Greig Laidlaw told BBC Scotland.

    “In the modern game he’s probably one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with.

    “He’s laid back off the pitch but very intense on the training field.

    “I believe that we have good players in Scotland. Hopefully, we can get it right and take the next step.

    “With a new coach, he can refresh everybody and go from there.”


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