Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Robinson stands by comments

Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson has defended his attack on England's "arrogance" at the World Cup, insisting he was only standing up for what is right.

Scotland boss Robinson lit a fuse under next Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield when he accused England of disrespecting his side in October's decisive Pool B clash in New Zealand. He singled out Delon Armitage, who hit back on Tuesday, but Robinson suggested on Wednesday the full-back was one of a handful of players who undermined team manager Martin Johnson.

"I think we have a duty in this game to how we conduct ourselves," he said. "I was asked about what happened in the World Cup and I gave my honest opinion. Sorry if it offended people but I believe it is right. I feel for Martin Johnson in some respects."

He added: "There are two or three players that I felt disrespected not only Scotland but other teams in that way they conducted themselves.

"I look at Martin Johnson, who had a record of 10 out of 13 (wins) and did very well, and in the end it undermined him as a manager.

"We have a responsibility as players and coaches in this great game we play to have respect for the people you play against and with.

"It is about getting out there to earn that respect, and also to respect the players you play against."

Robinson revealed he would use Scotland's anger about events in Auckland to motivate his players for next Saturday's RBS 6 Nations opener between the sides.

And he refused to take lightly an England team expected to be almost unrecognisable from their World Cup meltdown, saying: "I think they are a dangerous animal. We are up against the Six Nations champions and a team that has something to prove.

"It's a tough test but is a great Test match to be involved in. I have been working with the team for two years and they are up for every game they play. I don't have to motivate them with Churchillian speeches."

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