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Scotland coach Robinson quits

2012-11-25 13:11

London - Scotland coach Andy Robinson has resigned a day after his side lost to Tonga, the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) announced on Sunday.

The Englishman had been under contract until after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but the 21-15 upset loss to the Tongans in Aberdeen meant that the Scots had lost 10 of their last 13 matches, including elimination from the World Cup at the group phase for the first time.

They also lost their three November internationals, all at home, to New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga.

In a statement issued by the SRU, Robinson, who was appointed in June 2009, said: "It's been a privilege to be the head coach of Scotland and I'd like to thank the fans, players, coaches and staff for all their support over the years.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the players and the coaches in the last few years.

"I believe I have left the team in a better position than when I took over and have great confidence in the players and the coaches for the future.

"I am very disappointed by our recent results but I have belief in the players to develop into a winning team."

Robinson was given a vote of confidence after the early World Cup exit in New Zealand, but despite high hopes Scotland slumped to a wooden spoon in the Six Nations, losing all five games.

There then followed encouragement in the form of wins on the June tour to Australia, Fiji and Samoa, but a 51-22 loss to New Zealand, a 21-10 reverse to South Africa and the Tonga debacle leaves Scotland a lowly 12th in the world rankings.

Scottish Rugby's Chief Executive, Mark Dodson, stated: "Following the sequence of recent results during the EMC Autumn Tests a change in head coach is required to take the team forward and build towards the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

"Andy has overseen some fine results as Scotland head coach since he was appointed in June 2009 but the recent defeats have been very disappointing.

The search for Robinson's successor will begin immediately, with assistant coach Scott Johnson a possible contender.

Former South Africa and Italy coach Nick Mallett may also consider the role worth the challenge.

AFP

Comments
  • james.s.bishop.7 - 2012-11-25 13:23

    Tonga were lucky to win that, but they won nevertheless - well done the men from that little rock with 350 000 inhabitants!

  • Benjamin - 2012-11-25 13:34

    I would too

  • koos.meyer.52 - 2012-11-25 15:57

    He wouldn't have done this if they beat SA which they deserved to do after our piss poor showing (thanks to HM's brain dead Bulls game plan). 3 piss poor games that we are VERY LUCKY to have won.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-26 00:25

      I just wonder. Would Heineken have done the honourable thing like Robinson and resigned had the Boks lost all three games? And they were very lucky not to have lost all three.

      graeme.dent.9 - 2012-11-26 14:22

      You sounding like a pom Koos. Whinge Whinge f_ing whinge. Get a life, its only a game.

      johan.venter.77964 - 2012-11-26 20:07

      Is there somebody who can file all these melancholic comments from various experts for us until the Boks are crowned world champions at 2015 with the current coach and restore these comments here for the benefit of some individuals/people who dont understand that winning with a B team and sometimes hiding your strategies in certain games is part of the whole planning process.Let them then hang their heads in shame. (And considering Nigel Owen's refereeing on Saturday, he came close to doing a Bryce Lawrence on the day - so much for being lucky to win!)

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-11-25 18:35

    Quitters never win bye bye.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-26 00:25

    It puts the Boks' narrow win over Scotland into perspective.

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