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Robinson future in spotlight

Robinson future in spotlight

By PA Sport
Last update The 05/03/2012 at 17:36 -
By PA Sport - The 05/03/2012 at 17:36
Scotland are set to name their team on Tuesday for Saturday's Six Nations trip to Ireland, but the main questions surround the future of head coach Andy Robinson.

Wholesale changes are unlikely following Scotland's match with France on February 26, which was lost 23-17, extending the winless streak to five Tests for the first time since 2004 and giving Robinson a record of two wins from 13 Six Nations matches in charge.

Asked afterwards if he might resign after the tournament due to the results, Robinson did not give a direct answer to the question. It was far from convincing to those who believe Robinson has overseen mass improvement since his appointment in 2009 and that Scotland are on the cusp of delivering on their promise under the former England boss.

Only Robinson, who has a contract until after the 2015 World Cup, knows of his intentions post-tournament and whether he will lead Scotland to their summer tour of Australia, Fiji and Samoa, but the players can help to ensure his future by emulating their only win of the 2010 Six Nations with victory in Dublin.

On that occasion - Ireland's last Test at Croke Park before returning to their Aviva Stadium home at Lansdowne Road - Scotland triumphed with a stirring display to avoid the Wooden Spoon.

Two years on, Scotland again travel across the Irish Sea in search of a first win of the tournament, with the possibility of a Wooden Spoon decider in Italy on March 17 unless victory is claimed.

At least one change from the loss to Les Bleus is certain after wing Rory Lamont suffered a broken leg at Murrayfield. The absence of the Glasgow Warriors back could result in a straightforward swap - with Nick De Luca coming in at outside centre and Sean Lamont moving to the wing, as happened against France.

The alternative is numerous changes in a bid to get the back line to fire, with centre De Luca likely to start as Joe Ansbro (back) is yet to return for London Irish.

Max Evans could return on the wing or at outside centre after missing the France game with an ankle problem. Wing Lee Jones and full-back Stuart Hogg are likely to continue after notching their debut tries against Les Bleus, while Graeme Morrison is again set to start at inside centre.

Greig Laidlaw is likely to continue at fly-half providing he has met the concussion protocols following his head knock against France. Duncan Weir and Ruaridh Jackson are in contention for the reserve place.

 
 

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