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Andy Robinson resigns as coach of Scotland’s rugby union team

November 25th, 2012 by · No Comments · Features

Defeat by Tonga made Andy Robinson's position as Scotland manager untenable

Andy Robinson had something on his CV that all his counterparts in the home unions were envious of, home and away victories over Australia and one over South Africa when they were the World Cup holders, but his three years as Scotland’s coach were more notable for the deep lows than the occasional high.

Robinson resigned less than 24 hours after Scotland had lost 21-15 to Tonga in Aberdeen on Saturday, a result that dropped them to 12th in the world rankings, behind their conquerors, Italy and Samoa. One position lower and they would have had to qualify for the 2015 World Cup.

While Robinson enjoyed some success on one-off occasions, his record in tournament rugby had little to commend it. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time last year, after losing group matches to England and Argentina, and in 15 Six Nations matches under the Englishman they won two.

Robinson, who was England’s coach for two years from 2004, took charge of Scotland in the summer of 2009 after impressing in his two seasons with Edinburgh. His first Six Nations ended well, a draw against England at Murrayfield followed by victory over Ireland in Dublin, but he was never able to get them out of the bottom two.

 

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