Scott Johnson ready for 'man to man' talks about Scotland coaching job
Monday 18 March 2013
The Scotland interim coach, Scott Johnson, says he will hold talks over turning his caretaker role into a permanent position.
The Scots finished third in the Six Nations, beating Italy and Ireland, while losing 23-16 in France in their final match on Saturday.
"I've said from day one I will sit down with the appropriate people after the tournament and we will work it out," the Australian (pictured) said of his future with the national team. "We will have a proper discussion, man to man."
France have improved during the Six Nations, manager Philippe Saint-André claimed, despite his side coming last for the first time since 1999.
The 2011 World Cup runners-up ended their campaign with the victory over Scotland, which was not sufficient for them to avoid their first Six Nations wooden spoon. France lost three of their five matches and Saint-André said the improvements his side showed were not reflected in the results. "We dominated, we created opportunities but we lacked efficiency," he said.
"Once we get that efficiency, we could be a very nice team in 2015. And we have really improved during this tournament – not in terms of results, obviously.
"During this championship, we have started to build something. We have very young centres (Mathieu Bastareaud and Wesley Fofana, 24 and 25 respectively), but also (wing turned full-back) Yoann Huget (25), who is coming of age at the highest level."
France were without key players who started all three matches of their November series against Australia, Argentina and Samoa. Full back Brice Dulin was ruled out with a groin injury and flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo left the squad with an ankle problem after the 16-6 defeat against Wales.
France Huget, Clerc, Bastareaud (Fickou, 74), Fofana, Medard, Michalak, Parra (Machenaud, 40), Domingo, Kayser (Guirado, 54), Mas, Vahaamahina, Maestri, Claassen (Nyanga, 67), Dusautoir, Picamoles.
Scotland Hogg, Maitland (Evans, 30), Lamont, Scott, Visser, Weir (Jackson, 67), Laidlaw (Pyrgos, 74), Grant, Ford (Hall, 74), Murray, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Strokosch, Brown, Beattie.
Referee Nigel Owens (Wales).
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