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Robinson looking for improvement

Andy Robinson has learned the lessons from the early Rugby World Cup exit and is desperate to improve his "unacceptable" tournament record as Scotland head coach in the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Robinson has outlined plans to add an experienced international figure to his coaching set-up and to name a captain who is a first-choice pick. Despite some stellar Test successes, Robinson has two Six Nations wins from 10 games - a record he is eager to enhance when Scotland open the tournament on February 4 against England at Murrayfield.

Asked if he has a minimum expectation for Scotland in the Six Nations, the Scotland head coach told Press Association Sport: "I do and it's better than that, because that's not acceptable."

He added: "It's important that we get off to a very good start in the England and Wales games, that we're able to win those games. That's one of the key focuses for me."

Robinson has won half of his 24 matches in charge of Scotland - a record which could have been so much better had leads not slipped late on in the World Cup losses to Argentina and England.

Robinson, who last week presented his World Cup review to the Scottish Rugby Union board, added: "It was a huge disappointment. We're getting this unlucky loser tag having played well, got into winning positions and then lost the game. We've got to be able to break that. It's recognising how we can do that."

Scotland's try-scoring record was criticised - of the 20 teams in the tournament, only Georgia and Romania, with three, scored fewer tries than Scotland, while the United States also scored four - but Robinson is to stick by his coaching team for the Six Nations, backing attack coach Gregor Townsend.

"We've been creating opportunities and he's a very good coach," Robinson said of Townsend.

The head coach, though, is exploring the possibility of recruiting another coach, whose role will become apparent if, or more likely when, the appointment is made.

Robinson said: "We want to bring somebody in with international coaching experience, just to make sure we don't stand still. I will be looking over the next few months about who we can bring in. There are a number of people I've identified and it's about focusing on who would be best in order to move Scotland forward."


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