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Robinson: We must stand and deliver

Andy Robinson insisted the time has come for Scotland to deliver on their RBS 6 Nations potential - and he backed new captain Ross Ford to "lead from the front".

Robinson turned to Ford after it was confirmed his first-choice skipper, Saracens flanker Kelly Brown, requires knee surgery that will keep him out of the championship. Scotland open their campaign against England at Murrayfield on February 4 - a rematch of the decisive World Cup pool encounter three months ago which England won with a late Chris Ashton try.

Robinson has been praised for the strides Scotland have taken during his reign - but the bald statistics show just two Six Nations victories in 10 matches, and he said: "It's time for us to deliver. We've had a lot of talk about what we can do, our potential, but we haven't actually delivered results in the Six Nations in the last two years."

He added: "So a big aim for us is to start well and this first game is a key area for us to get our first win."

Robinson had asked Brown to captain Scotland before he suffered a dislocated knee during Saracens' Heineken Cup victory over Treviso on Sunday.

Once the swelling has subsided, Brown will undergo an operation that is expected to keep him out of action for between eight and 10 weeks.

"I am really disappointed for Kelly Brown," Robinson said. "I had asked him to be the captain late last week but unfortunately injury will deprive him of that honour.

"Rugby is a tough game to play and you pick up a number of injuries so for us it's being able to develop leaders.

"Ross is an outstanding character and an outstanding player and his next step is really becoming a captain and becoming a leader and being able to lead from the front.

"I'm really looking forward to him doing that and he will do it in his way. I'm excited about seeing how he goes about his business."


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