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Robinson happy with rankings rise

Head coach Andy Robinson welcomed Scotland's rise to seventh in the IRB world rankings but does not expect their advance to have any impact on their Rugby World Cup campaign.

The Scots were rewarded for victories over Italy in the final game of the RBS 6 Nations, followed by the EMC Tests successes against Ireland and Italy, with the rise in the standings.

Robinson told www.scottishrugby.org: "What the rankings prove is that if you win games, you will move up the rankings. For us, getting that consistency of winning three games on the bounce means that you have the ability to move up the rankings."

He added: "I don't think the rankings will have too much impact on what happens in the Rugby World Cup where we'll have four very tough games in our pool stages and the key focus for us is on winning those games."

The rankings were revealed by the IRB today and showed that Scotland had leap-frogged Ireland to seventh place after their defeat against England in Dublin at the weekend.

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