Robinson sounds Six Nations battle cry
Published 28/01/2010 | 10:09
Head coach Andy Robinson challenged Scotland to "inspire the nation" as he issued a rousing clarion call ahead of the RBS 6 Nations championship.
The famously intense former England boss enjoyed immediate success after taking charge at Murrayfield earlier this season, leading Scotland to their first win against Australia in 28 years and Robinson has demanded his men carry that commitment into the Six Nations, starting against France on February 7.
"This is a warrior sport and you are searching for the toughest competitors that will put their bodies on the line," Robinson said at the Six Nations launch in London. "You saw that after the Australia game the players, in winning the game 9-8, inspired the nation. The guys understand what it means."
He added: "The courage they showed that day, in putting their bodies on the line, was fantastic. We want Murrayfield to be an intimidating place to play.
"What we have at the moment is competition for places and that was born out on Tuesday with a training session that was very lively.
"There are guys that are really pushing to be in that starting XV. That is what raises the standards.
"The preparation over the next two weeks is not about wrapping guys in cotton wool, it is about preparing to perform in an international game that is going to be very physical, very intimidating and will put the guys under massive pressure."