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Denton backs under-fire Robinson

NUMBER EIGHT David Denton believes there are numerous positives which should encourage Andy Robinson to remain as Scotland head coach despite finishing the Six Nations with the wooden spoon.

Robinson, who is under contract until the 2015 World Cup, is taking time to reflect on his future following Scotland's first Six Nations whitewash since 2004 and a seventh straight loss for the first time in 14 years.

Despite the 13-6 loss to Italy on Saturday, which left Robinson with a record of two wins from 15 Six Nations matches in charge, Denton is optimistic emerging talent can revive Scottish rugby.

He said: "It's been a disappointing tournament for us and you could see that in the boys. We've put everything in, but we're going to be judged on results.

"There's no doubt the talent that we have and we know we can take it forward."

Denton hopes the former Bath and England coach will remain in post. The 22-year-old added: "We all hope he'll stay. I think we can build something special under him, with the group we've got."

Robinson is set to conduct a review of the championship before discussing the future with Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson, but has begun a coaching overhaul, with Scott Johnson set to join as senior assistant coach and Matt Taylor as defence coach.