Scotland close in on Johnson
December 19, 2012
Scott Johnson is set to lead Scotland through the Six Nations © PA Photos
Scotland are reportedly set to unveil Scott Johnson as their interim coach for the 2013 Six Nations later this week.
Widespread reports claim that the Scottish Rugby Union has opted to turn to the former Ospreys boss to lead the national side through the forthcoming northern hemisphere tournament while they search for a permanent successor to Andy Robinson. Johnson joined the Scottish set-up in June and acted as attack coach for Robinson's regime on their summer tour and during the autumn Test series.
But following a woeful run of form in November, which saw them lose to New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga, Robinson called time on his tenure in charge of the national side. SRU chief executive Mark Dodson previously suggested that he was looking for an interim appointment and that appears to be Johnson.
Johnson has previously coached Wales and the USA Eagles and Scotland fly-half Greig Laidlaw has been impressed with the Australian since his appointment in the summer.
"He's a very clever coach," 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."
And Laidlaw's sentiments were echoed by Test winger Tim Visser. "He's very technical and hands-on. He's been brilliant ever since he joined. He's a very honest guy. He'll give you straight answers to your questions.
"He knows the environment and he knows what he can get out of the players. I've learned a lot from him already; little details that are very important for international rugby."
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