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Scots start search for Robinson replacement

SCOTLAND will have a new head coach for the Six Nations opener with England in February after Andy Robinson's resignation.

An angry Robinson warned there would be consequences of Saturday's 21-15 loss to Tonga and yesterday morning his departure, announced by the Scottish Rugby Union, was the most significant.

The search for his successor has begun, with senior assistant coach Scott Johnson a contender.

Whether any big names -- for example, former Italy coach Nick Mallett -- would risk their reputation remains to be seen.

Robinson, who was under contract until the 2015 World Cup, clung on following the 2011 World Cup pool stage exit and this year's Six Nations whitewash.

But after Saturday's showing in Aberdeen, the 48-year-old decided enough was enough and exited with Scotland 12th in the provisional IRB world rankings.

He said: "I believe I have left the team in a better position than when I took over and have great confidence in the players and the coaches for the future."

In 35 Tests, Robinson oversaw 15 wins and 19 defeats, a win percentage of 42.9pc, but his competitive record was woeful.

The World Cup in New Zealand aside, two wins in 15 Six Nations matches meant a remarkable turnaround would have been required for Robinson to survive beyond next spring's tournament.