Scotland coach Andy Robinson steps down

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has stepped down with immediate effect after his team lost to Tonga

The Englishman was contracted to the Scottish Rugby Union until 2015 but after the 15-21 loss to Tongans in Aberdeen Scotland had lost 10 of their last 13 matches.

Under Robinson Scotland were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup at the Pool stage for the first time.

“It’s been a privilege to be the Head Coach of Scotland and I’d like to thank the fans, players, coaches and staff for all their support over the years, said Robinson.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the players and the coaches in the last few years.

“I believe I have left the team in a better position than when I took over and have great confidence in the players and the coaches for the future. “I am very disappointed by our recent results but I have belief in the players to develop into a winning team.”

Scottish Rugby’s Chief Executive, Mark Dodson, stated: “Following the sequence of recent results during the Autumn Tests a change in Head Coach is required to take the team forward and build towards the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

“I have passed onto Andy Scottish Rugby’s thanks for his hard work and commitment during his term as national coach.

“Andy has overseen some fine results as Scotland Head Coach since he was appointed in June 2009 but the recent defeats have been very disappointing.

“Andy is an outstanding leader and a fine coach and we wish him well.

“I’d like to thank our fans for their great support during the Autumn Tests and look forward to welcoming them to Murrayfield for the home games against Italy, Ireland and Wales in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations.”

Scottish Rugby has announced that they will begin the recruitment process for a new Head Coach with immediate effect.

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