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Robinson wants long-term captain

Head coach Andy Robinson is set to take a long-term approach to the Scotland captaincy.

Previously the job has been held Chris Cusiter, Mike Blair, Rory Lawson and Alastair Kellock, who was captain at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. But with none of the four guaranteed their place in the side, Robinson is poised to turn to a first-choice pick as his skipper for the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations Championship and beyond.

The Scotland head coach said: "I will be looking at selecting a captain. It's important to be able to grow that person as a leader. If I select a captain I've got to pick him. I fully realise that and it's something I'll be focusing on going through the next four years. The decision will be made around a player that is going to be playing in the team and playing well in the team."

Kellock was omitted from the team against Argentina before returning against England in matches Scotland lost to exit the World Cup.

Robinson stood by the tactical decision and his admission that a first-choice pick is set to be captain is set to spark debate, with John Barclay, Kelly Brown and Ross Ford among the names sure to be in contention.

Robinson is also set to explore adding to his coaching group.

While sticking with his backroom team from New Zealand - including Gregor Townsend, who was criticised for Scotland's poor try-scoring record - Robinson is eager to add experience, with the role to be defined once an appointment is made.

He said: "We want to bring somebody in with international coaching experience, just to make sure we don't stand still.

"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."


From Belfast Telegraph