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Johnson appointed Scotland rugby coach

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

EDINBURGH - Australian Scott Johnson has a chance to make his job as Scotland interim rugby coach more permanent after receiving the reins on Thursday to lead the team in the Six Nations and to South Africa in June.

The Scottish Rugby Union promoted the assistant as the short-term replacement for Andy Robinson, who resigned as coach on November 25, a day after Scotland was humbled by Tonga 21-15 in Aberdeen.

In the meantime, the SRU said it was continuing its worldwide search for a permanent coach.

Johnson, 50, became the senior assistant in Robinson's staff following this year's Six Nations, where Scotland lost every match.

He helped the team beat Australia, Fiji and Samoa on its summer tour of the South Pacific, but all momentum was lost at home last month in defeats to New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga, causing Robinson to quit after three years in charge.

Johnson was an assistant for three Wales coaches, including during the 2005 Six Nations Grand Slam, before he became interim coach for three matches in 2006 without winning any.