Johnson to join Scotland staff
Scott Johnson will leave Ospreys at the end of this season to join the Scotland coaching set-up, the Scottish Rugby Union have confirmed.
Ospreys had made the initial announcement that Johnson would depart his role as coaching director once his three-year contract expires.
And it has been revealed the 49-year-old will join Scotland head coach Andy Robinson's support staff.
The former Wales coach will become senior assistant coach to Robinson and will be on board in time for the June tour to Australia, Fiji and Samoa, the SRU said.
Johnson took up his role with Swansea-based region Ospreys in April 2009 and is a former Australia assistant coach and United States head coach.
The Australian fits the bill in terms of the experienced coaching team Robinson wants as Scotland look to improve on recent results, having failed to reach the World Cup quarter-finals this year.
Robinson said: "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."
Johnson is eager to embrace the prospect of a return to the international game, although he will have to wait until after the RBS 6 Nations to have a hands-on role.
He 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."
Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson explained the role Johnson plays will not be restricted to drills on the rugby field, adding: "I believe this is a significant appointment for Scottish Rugby. In addition to working with Andy and the national management team, we are finalising an important wider role for Scott in helping us to better identify Scottish-qualified talent around the world."