Robinson hires Aussie as assistant

ANDY Robinson has added former Australia, Wales and Fiji coach Scott Johnson to his backroom staff alongside Gregor Townsend.

The 49-year-old Australian has left his post with Welsh side Ospreys to join up with Robinson and former Gala and Scotland star Townsend at Murrayfield as senior assistant coach.

Johnson will move to Scotland at the end of the season in time for the tour to Australia, Fiji and Samoa next summer.

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 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.”