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Robinson: Twickenham must inspire

Head coach Andy Robinson is under no illusions about the size of the task facing his Scotland side in Sunday's Calcutta Cup clash with England at Twickenham.

Grand Slam-chasing England face a Scotland side searching for their first win of the 2011 RBS 6 Nations and without a victory in west London since 1983 - before seven members of this Sunday's starting XV were born. The match is the 100th anniversary of the first England-Scotland clash at Twickenham and in 44 attempts, Scotland have four wins.

Robinson, a former England international and coach, said: "The players have got to be inspired by the stadium and also by the team that they're playing against - they're right at the top of their game."

He added: "We have the personnel who can deal with it, but we have to be right at the top of our game."

Scotland's scrum will have to improve after crumbling against France and Wales and struggling against Ireland, when Allan Jacobsen was sin-binned, leaving Robinson seething. Robinson, who was forwards coach when England won the 2003 World Cup, piled focus on the England scrum by attacking Dylan Hartley.

After Warren Gatland's verbal swipe at the Northampton hooker prior to England's opening Test with Wales, Robinson demanded referee Romain Poite carefully considers Hartley's actions this Sunday.

Robinson said: "The England scrum is very good, but what's important for us is that the scrum doesn't stand up.

"I believe there are times when Hartley does that either to milk the penalty or to give the referee the impression that the defending side is going backwards."

Robinson places no additional personal significance on the match, which will see him return to Twickenham for the first time as Scotland boss after departing in November 2006.

He said: "All I'll be saying to the players is it's a fantastic stadium to go and play, the pitch is in cracking order and what better place to go out and show what you're about than to do that at Twickenham."


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