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Scotland climb rankings

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson saluted his players' hunger to improve after their shock victory over South Africa propelled them to their highest world ranking.

Scotland have climbed two places in the International Rugby Board rankings to sit sixth in the world following Saturday's 21-17 win over the world champions. They have leapfrogged Argentina and Ireland to take their place as the leading Celtic nation.

"What pleases me is the attitude and determination of our squad to keep improving," Robinson told

"You climb the world rankings by winning games and it is very important that we build on Saturday's result by delivering again when we face very tough opponents in Samoa in Aberdeen on Saturday."

Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Gordon McKie added: "I am delighted for Andy and the players who put so much into Saturday's win against the world champions South Africa.

"A winning national team lifts Scotland as a nation, and it helps us all to build upon the recent success we've achieved with increased playing numbers across all levels of the game."

South Africa have fallen to third behind New Zealand and Australia while England and France occupy the other top five places.

Scotland defence coach Graham Steadman also hailed the record position in the rankings.

"We want to be one of the best teams in world rugby and it builds confidence ahead of next year's World Cup," he told BBC Scotland

"The win over South Africa highlighted how tight-knit the group is. It could have been quite easy to press the panic button but all credit to the boys."


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