Tuesday 21 November 2017

Robinson justifies jibe at 'arrogant' English

SCOTLAND boss Andy Robinson has defended his attack on England's "arrogance" at the World Cup, insisting he was only standing up for what is right.

Scotland boss Robinson lit a fuse under next Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield when he accused England of disrespecting his side in October's decisive Pool B clash.

The former England head coach singled out Delon Armitage, who hit back on Tuesday, but Robinson yesterday suggested the full-back was one of a handful of players who undermined the then England team manager, Martin Johnson.

"We have a duty in this game to how we conduct ourselves," he said.

"I was asked about what happened in the World Cup and I gave my honest opinion. Sorry if it offended people but I believe it is right. I feel for Martin Johnson in some respects."

He added: "There are two or three players that I felt disrespected not only Scotland but other teams.

"I look at Martin Johnson, who had a record of 10 out of 13 (wins) and did very well, and in the end it undermined him as a manager.

"We have a responsibility as players and coaches to have respect for the people you play against and with.

"It is about getting out there to earn that respect, and also to respect the players you play against."


Former England coach Robinson revealed that he would use Scotland's anger about events in that Auckland clash to motivate his players for next Saturday's Six Nations opener between the sides in Edinburgh.

And he refused to take lightly an England team expected to be almost unrecognisable from their World Cup meltdown.

"They are a dangerous animal," he said. "We are up against the Six Nations champions and a team that has something to prove. It's a tough test but is a great Test match to be involved in.

If you look at the last two years in the tournament, people have written up Scotland, we have written ourselves up and we come to the last game and we haven't won one and are scrapping for the wooden spoon. That is unacceptable.

"It is time for us to deliver a performance and get out and win games."

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