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Alasdair Strokosch insists interim coach Scott Johnson will be a popular choice as new Scotland boss

Last Updated: 14/03/13 3:56pm

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Alasdair Strokosch: Scotland flanker is relishing France showdown

Alasdair Strokosch: Scotland flanker is relishing France showdown

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Scotland flanker Alasdair Strokosch insists interim coach Scott Johnson will be a popular choice among the players if he decides to take the job permanently.

Johnson, who stepped up from assistant coach to fill the void left by Andy Robinson after his resignation last November, has already refused to confirm whether he intends to stay in the job.

The 50-year-old says he will wait until after Saturday night's meeting with France in Paris before making a decision, but Perpignan forward Strokosch has already been won over by Johnson's qualities.

Strokosch said: "Scott has brought a lot of energy to the job. He's a different type of character and he's always got something to say, funny or otherwise.

"He's got a great rugby brain and it would be great to see him here on a permanent basis.

"He's honest as well. He will tell you if you are playing badly or if you are playing well and what he wants out of you, and that's good too. The guys have responded to him."

But Strokosch insists Scotland will be fired up for the clash with France for more than one reason.

"The chance of winning in Paris is a big enough carrot for us," He added. "We're still looking to earn respect for what we do, and a win in Paris would be a big step towards that."

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