On this day in 2009: Andy Robinson takes charge of Scotland


Former England boss Andy Robinson was once named as Scotland’s new head trainer on this present day in 2009.

Robinson succeeded Frank Hadden as he returned to Take a look at rugby simply over two-and-a-half years on from the top of his disappointing England reign.

Since that tenure, during which he oversaw simply 9 wins in 22 Assessments, he had loved luck as boss at Edinburgh, hung out as assistant to Frank Hadden and brought rate of Scotland’s A staff.

Underneath Hadden, Scotland had controlled only one victory from each and every of the remaining 3 Six Countries campaigns.

Scotland’s early effects beneath Robinson integrated beating Australia (Nigel French/PA)

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Robinson, who signed a three-year contract, stated: “One of the important thing issues for me is growing that profitable mindset, now not essentially now and then how we play.

“It’s about profitable and working out the right way to win. My training philosophy, I feel, will paintings in conjunction with the gang of gamers, growing an working out of the right way to win video games. I consider I be capable to do this.”

Robinson, the previous England flanker, was once forwards trainer of the 2003 Global Cup-winning aspect earlier than changing into head trainer.

He added: “I feel that November 2006 (when his England tenure ended) was once an actual turning level within the adventure of my lifestyles.

“I had six months to replicate on what I used to be about, to have a look at my values, my actual core values and the fervour that I've for the sport and I had numerous soul-searching. However I additionally checked out what I convey as a trainer and the way I used to be going to make stronger.

“I’ve totally loved the studies that I’ve had and I consider I’m a greater trainer, I’m a greater chief, I’m a greater supervisor than I used to be in 2006.”

Robinson resigned in 2012 following defeat to Tonga (Lynne Cameron/PA)

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In February 2011 Robinson signed a brand new contract with Scotland working till after the 2015 Global Cup, with wins over Argentina (two times), South Africa and Australia having been accomplished.

However he would therefore renounce in November 2012 following a 21-15 loss to Tonga, Scotland’s tenth defeat in 13 Assessments.

The staff had made a pool-stage go out on the 2011 Global Cup and misplaced all 5 in their 2012 Six Countries fits, having received simplest as soon as at each and every of the former two editions.

Robinson, who had guided Tub to Heineken Cup glory previous to his time at the England training workforce, went directly to be appointed as director of rugby at Bristol in 2013.

He spent 3 years at Ashton Gate and has been the top trainer of Romania since November 2019.