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Former Wales caretaker coach & Australian assistant coach Scott Johnson looks set to take charge of the United States Rugby team.


The BBC reports that his appointment could be be confirmed this weekend. The news comes just two weeks after it was revealed that he had turned down a chance to join the Cardiff Blues.


The Australian has been offered the head coach’s role of the American Eagles by USA Rugby chief executive Nigel Melville.


Johnson took charge of Wales for three games as caretaker chief in 2006.


The new role will be a step up for the 44-year-old, who has never been appointed to the coaching hot-seat after spending time as assistant coach with both Wales and Australia.


The respected rugby guru first arrived on the Welsh scene as former Wales coach Graham Henry’s skills supremo in 2001.


He subsequently became Mike Ruddock’s attack coach helping Wales win its first Grand Slam in 27 years in 2005.


He then took over the Wales national side for three games halfway through the 2006 Six Nations tournament following Ruddock’s departure before leaving to become Australian assistant in 2006.


However, after a disappointing World Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of England in 2007 he left the Australian set up.

 

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