Frank Hadden has been named as the new coach of the Scotland team up to and including the 2007 World Cup.
FRANK HADDEN FACTFILE
1954: Born 14 June in Dundee
1997: Named assistant coach with Caledonia Reds
2000: Appointed head coach of Edinburgh Rugby
April 2005: Appointed Scotland interim coach
Sept 2005: Confirmed as Scotland coach
Hadden had taken charge on an interim basis for two summer friendlies in which an improved Scotland beat the Barbarians and Romania.
He will continue to have an "overseeing role" with Edinburgh Gunners during the "transition period".
"As a proud and passionate Scot this is the ultimate honour and one that I am determined to enjoy," Hadden said.
Following his appointment Hadden outlined his vision for the national team, which includes a plan to work more closely with the country's three professional teams.
"We are where we are at the moment on the international rankings - ninth. It may be that our current position is a reflection of our current resources but we have a tremendous tradition in Scotland of over-achieving," he added.
"I would not have taken this job if I had any doubts that we can restore that level of confidence in ourselves in the world game.
"People will inevitably ask me about targets and you have to be realistic. Look at our resources compared to the top five teams in the world.
"Our medium-term aim is to do well in the World Cup. When I sit down on a Monday to pick a team then I honestly believe that the team I pick are going to win the game and it's important that the players and supporters have that confidence too."
SRU chief executive Gordon McKie explained the reasons behind Hadden's appointment.
"Frank hugely impressed our interview panel with the depth of his rugby knowledge, his coaching expertise and the vision he has for the national team," said McKie.
"He is a man who understands Scottish rugby and understands what is required to get the best from our current group of elite players.
"During the transition phase Frank will have an overseeing role at Edinburgh Gunners where there are very experienced coaches and players who will look to expand on the quite excellent start the Gunners have made to the Celtic League.
"As for the appointment of assistant coaches with the national team that will be a matter for Frank to decide and I know he will be treating that as a priority."