Scots name Andy Robinson as new coach

Former England and Edinburgh head coach, Andy Robinson is the latest coach to take on the responsibility of guiding Scottish rugby to the top of the European ladder.

Robinson has left the Edinburgh job after 20 months at the helm to take over from the recently departed Frank Hadden.

Although some may raise an eyebrow at an Englishman in charge of Scotland, Andy Robinson’s tenure at Edinburgh lifted the club up to second place in the Magners League, and his impact as Assistant Coach under Hadden was seen as very positive by players and backroom staff.

It is however his international experience that Scottish supporters will point to first. Robinson was Sir Clive Woodward’s understudy when England lifted the World Cup in 2003, but his unsuccessful spell as Head Coach following Woodward’s departure sent England into a spiral that they are still clawing themselves out of, culminating in an embarrassing defeat to Argentina at Twickenham.

Rumours that candidates like Jake White and Eddie Jones were overlooked will add further pressure when Andy Robinson sends his new charges out during the Autumn Internationals.

Is he a going to lift the Scottish national team? Can he turn his international reputation around?