Scotland & Robinson can’t wait for November

Scotland head coach, Andy Robinson, is relishing the chance to face the world’s best this autumn after last year’s upset over Australia.

Scotland will face three southern-hemisphere giants in consecutive weekends, first taking on New Zealand and South Africa at Murrayfield on Saturday 13 and 20 November before playing Samoa at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen on Saturday 27 November.

An upbeat Robinson said: “Every international game is of huge importance and we’re playing against the number one and number two teams in the world, back-to-back.

“We’re testing ourselves against the very best in the world and you learn more when you play and challenge yourself against the best.

“These matches will require a special performance.”he says on the SRU site.


“Individually and collectively we will need to be at our very best for what would be a huge achievement in massive, back-to-back games.

“They’re certainly not friendlies.”

Commenting on team selection Robinson added: “We’re building a team for the Autumn Tests and I will pick a team to perform and team that believes that it can win against New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa.

“I’ll be looking at the components needed to beat New Zealand. We have to improve our pace, physicality, and technical attributes – and I’ll be looking for these attributes in their club performances.

“Selection will be based on previous Scotland performances, current form, and tactics. Clearly a lot of the players who performed on the Argentina tour have plusses next to their names.

“I’ve been delighted with some of the recent performances of Edinburgh and Glasgow – from a head coach’s perspective, players are starting to show some form.”

Scotland face New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa in Scottish Rugby’s Autumn Test series

Scotland’s November fixture list
Scotland v New Zealand, Saturday 13 November at Murrayfield, kick-off 5.15pm
Scotland v South Africa, Saturday 20 November at Murrayfield, kick-off 2.30pm
Scotland v Samoa, Saturday 27 November, at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, kick-off 2.30pm

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