Scott Johnson has been named head coach of the national team, marking the third time this decade USA Rugby has tapped an Antipodean to lead the Eagles.
The 44-year-old Australian has been given a four-year contract through the next World Cup, a sensible reversal of the union's stance that it would only sign two-year deals.
"This is the last frontier and I’m really looking forward to getting the Eagles in a position to be a world force,” Johnson said in a prepared statement.
Johnson's resume includes staff appointments with Wales and Australia as well as an position as head man of the Dragons. As a player, the center led Australia Under 21 and appeared for New South Wales.
He takes over a team that has plummeted to 19th in the world rankings, a record low, following a first-ever winless season. In three consecutive losses to Canada, the US has twice conceded 50 points and lost by 40.
Fellow Australian Duncan Hall and New Zealander Peter Thorburn also have steered the Eagles in the past 10 years.
Johnson is to begin following the approval of his visa application. The USA's 2008 season begins with the Churchill Cup, in about 10 weeks.
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