Scottish Rugby News and Opinion


Post Johnson

Scott Johnson's side managed only one win

Scotland is now in a post-Scott Johnson era as he leaves to become Director of Rugby at the Wallabies following the recently completed Six Nations, and rumours are already swirling that he might do a bit of poaching either before or after the World Cup.

Dave Rennie is being lined up as Wallabies coach after the World Cup, according to reports in Australian press. Longtime Gregor Townsend associate and defence coach Matt Taylor is also quoted as a possibility to coach his homeland as an assistant to Rennie.

Whether they get their choice is another matter, with Rennie having recently signed a one year contract extension until the end of season 2019/20 and seemingly happy at Glasgow.

Should this happen, Glasgow may lose their head coach. Johnson will also need to put in place an attack coach who both the new coach or outgoing head Michael Cheika can work with, or on a short term contract should any incoming coach want their own choice. Hopefully the Warriors have Jason O’Halloran locked down too.

Johnson was a controversial and slightly untouchable figure during his time in charge but the quality of his recruitment of coaches can’t be argued with. This alone should perhaps worry the SRU.

So long Scott, it’s been real.

If Rennie or Taylor went, who would be your choices to replace them as Warriors head coach or Scotland defence coach?

Update: there’s a good piece over on the BBC with Johnson as his tenure comes to an end.

6 Responses

  1. Shaun Edwards. For either. As apparently Wigan have forgotten to actually give him a contract.

  2. Shaun Edwards has been massive for a Welsh side which is content not to score many tries and find other ways to win.

    2 questions:
    1) Does that make him not such a good fit for Scotland or is he flexible in his tactics?
    2) Is becoming like Wales in defence actually the next important stage of our development and can it be done while still retaining our creative flair?

    1. I would love to see Edwards come in as defense coach.

      Would like to seen Jason O’Halloran get a crack as head coach at Glasgow… Or Vern Cotter/Schmit, reckon thats a tad unrealistic though.

  3. If we can say any name including the completely unrealistic then Warren Gatland.
    No idea what he would do but as a specialist in making small celtic countries punch above their weight we could make a job up for him.
    The Director of making the smallest celtic country punch above its weight, perhaps?

  4. Say what you like about Scott Johnson but he brought back some fun & energy to the Scotland team albiet some bonkers moments also as Head Coach, seemed to have a very positive impact in the director of rugby role despite appearing to be a dick.

    Recruited Cotter/Rennie/Cockerill

    Was the first person to suggest to Mcinally to switch positions

    Was the man who motivated the 7s team to win that tournament with an amazing team talk.

    Overall ? a positive impact & alot of fun stories.. thanks for memories Scott Johnson.

    Sure there a bikini comment also but cant quite recall it.

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