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Denton backing for Robinson

Number eight David Denton believes there are numerous positives which should encourage Andy Robinson to remain as Scotland head coach despite finishing the RBS 6 Nations with the wooden spoon.

Robinson, who is under contract until the 2015 World Cup, is taking time to reflect on his future following Scotland's first Six Nations whitewash since 2004 and a seventh straight loss for the first time in 14 years. The 13-6 loss to Italy on Saturday left Robinson with a record of two wins from 15 Six Nations matches in charge.

But Denton is optimistic the emerging talent can revive Scottish rugby, and he told Press Association Sport: "We've got a lot of belief in ourselves. This has been the steepest learning curve I've ever experienced in my life and I think a lot of the other younger boys would say that. There's no doubt the talent that we have and we know we can take it forward."

He added: "It's been a disappointing tournament for us and you could see that in the boys. We've put everything in, but we're going to be judged on results."

Whether Robinson agrees remains to be seen, but Denton hopes the former Bath and England coach will remain in post.

The 22-year-old Edinburgh back-row added: "We all hope he'll stay. I think we can build something special under him, with the group we've got.

"I think we can be a force to be reckoned with."

Robinson is set to conduct a review of the championship before discussing the future with Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson, but has already begun a coaching overhaul, with Scott Johnson set to join imminently as senior assistant coach and Matt Taylor as defence coach.

The Rome loss was the last match for Graham Steadman and Gregor Townsend, the existing defence and attack coach, respectively. Like Denton, Mike Blair, the most experienced member of the squad with 81 caps, believes there is potential for future progress.

The scrum-half said: "We've seen positive things. We've got building blocks to work with, but this (against Italy) wasn't good enough. We don't turn up every week to lose. We turn up with a lot of spirit, a lot of talent and we need to trust that, keep working at it and look for that breakthrough."


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