Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Robinson wary of vengeful Irish

Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson knows Scotland's win over Ireland in last year's RBS 6 Nations will give their opponents an added incentive at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Scotland won 23-20 for just a second victory in 11 Six Nations meetings between the sides as Ireland bode farewell to Croke Park. It was Robinson's first win in the tournament as Scotland head coach and now he finds himself still seeking a second after losses in the opening matches of this year's tournament to France and Wales.

"We know they're a huge threat, the players are used to coming to Murrayfield and performing," Robinson told Press Association Sport. "The fact we won last year will have an added drive for them, but it's about the here and now and the performance."

He added: "We have a lot of respect for the way their players play."

Robinson has named a side showing seven changes to the XV which began the Wales Test.

Out go forwards Euan Murray, Nathan Hines and Richie Vernon, half-backs Rory Lawson and Dan Parks, centre Joe Ansbro and full-back Hugo Southwell.

In come Moray Low, Richie Gray, Johnnie Beattie, Mike Blair, Ruaridh Jackson, Chris Paterson and Sean Lamont, who will line up at inside centre, with Nick De Luca switching to outside centre.

Lamont and De Luca, playing outside Jackson, make for an inexperienced centre combination.

With Gordon D'Arcy and Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll the opposition, Robinson knows how key the centres will be.

He added: "It's an area we've got to be really tight on this weekend."

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