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Director of Rugby Scott Johnson set to depart Rugby Australia

Thu, 09/12/2021, 7:00 pm
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson

Rugby Australia has confirmed Director of Rugby Scott Johnson will leave the organisation.

Johnson was brought into the role in 2018 to provide support for then-coach Michael Cheika and oversee the national and Super Rugby programs.

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Along with this, he served as part of the National Selection Panel, helping to appoint Wallabies coach Dave Rennie and the rest of his coaching staff.

With a review of the high-performance department set to take place in 2022, RA confirmed he will depart his role at the end of the year.

“It’s been a great personal privilege to serve in this role over the last three years," Johnson said in a statement.

"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 want to thank Andy, Dave (Rennie) and the team at RA, as well as each of the Australian Super Rugby sides, for their spirit of cooperation over the last three years.

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


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RA CEO Andy Marinos thanked Johnson for his services over the past three years and was adamant he leaves the position and Australian Rugby in a positive place.

“On behalf of Australian Rugby, I want to thank Scott for his terrific contribution to the game over the last three years," Marinos added.

"He stepped into his role at a difficult time within Australian Rugby and has played an important role at an important time for the game in Australia and leaves Australian Rugby in a better place.

“We have commenced a process that is reviewing our high-performance program, and the entire system nationally, to drive a high performing environment to deliver sustainable success for all of our teams.

"This is an exciting time for Australian Rugby, with a blockbuster calendar ahead for the Wallabies, a refreshed Super Rugby Pacific competition and a jam-packed schedule for our Buildcorp Wallaroos and Australian Sevens sides with both programs competing in World Cups next year."

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