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Robinson welcomes Taylor appointment

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has hailed the appointment of Matt Taylor as Scotland defence coach as a "coup".

The Scottish Rugby Union revealed the former Scotland A forward would be Glasgow's defence coach under the new regime of Gregor Townsend and they confirmed he would perform the same role with the national team.

"I believe Matt Taylor's appointment is a coup for us," said Robinson. "He is someone who is passionate about Scotland and Scottish rugby and his record with Queensland Reds and the esteem in which he is held speaks volumes about what he will bring to his new role."

The former Edinburgh and Border Reivers flanker has signed a three-year contract that will take him to the 2015 World Cup, in alignment with Robinson's own contract.

The 39-year-old is leaving his role as assistant coach with the Queensland Reds, who he helped to the Super 15 title last season.

Taylor will bring his family back to Scotland to take up the post.

He said: "There is a long and proud tradition in Scottish rugby and to be part of that is not only a great honour but a huge opportunity.

"To be embarking on a new journey is exciting, but to do so in Scotland is especially pleasing having already experienced first-hand the passion for which the nation has for rugby. I've got many fond memories from my time in Scotland and I'll be looking forward to adding many more.

"At the Queensland Reds we based our success around the defensive side of the game and replicating that in Scotland where fans recognise the team for their defensive nous will be critical to my role and to the overall success of the team.

"Accomplishing this is a challenge I am eager to take on after I complete my commitments to what has been an extremely successful and satisfying association with the Queensland Reds."

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