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10 Dec 2021
7:40 am

Aussie rugby boss Johnson to step down

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"It's been a great personal privilege to serve in this role over the last three years."

Scott Johnson, Australia's Director of Rugby, will leave his post at the end of the year. Picture: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Rugby Australia confirmed on Thursday that its director of rugby Scott Johnson will leave the organisation when his contract expires at the end of the year.

“It’s been a great personal privilege to serve in this role over the last three years,” said Johnson, 59, in a statement issued by Rugby Australia. 

“The game has evolved rapidly over the last few years, especially through Covid, and it’s time for that next evolution in 2022 and beyond.

“I am confident that everyone is on the same page to drive forward into this new era to enable future success.”

Johnson, who had spells in charge of Wales, Scotland and the USA, took up the role in December 2018, to provide organisational oversight of the Wallaby programme. 

The former Wallabies assistant coach had also been a voluble national selector since 2019, and played an integral role in the recruitment of head coach Dave Rennie and his coaching staff.

“He (Johnson) stepped into his role at a difficult time… and has played an important role at an important time for the game in Australia and leaves Australian rugby in a better place,” said Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos.