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SRU give full backing to Johnson

Scott Johnson, Scotland's interim head coach, "retains the full support of Scottish Rugby" after a poor start to the RBS 6 Nations.

The Scots conceded 48 points and scored just six in one-sided defeats by Ireland and England and the negative reaction to Saturday's 20-0 Calcutta Cup defeat at Murrayfield prompted a response from the governing body. A spokesperson said the players and management "share the supporters' sense of disappointment and frustration at the results and performances."

They added: "We will all continue to work hard ahead of our next match - versus Italy a week on Saturday - to produce a win. Scott Johnson and his coaches know the magnitude of the task we face to ensure we are competitive in the international arena."

Johnson, who will vacate his current position and move into a role as director of rugby when Vern Cotter arrives in the summer, has vowed to continue putting his faith in an inexperienced squad.

The Australian said after the game: "We let ourselves down, definitely. But I'd rather say this is the best we've got here at the minute. There is some talent there. These guys are going to develop.They are not finished articles."

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