Thursday 22 March 2018

'Time for Scotland to deliver'

Alex Lowe

Scotland coach Andy Robinson yesterday confirmed Ross Ford as his captain for the Six Nations and then declared: "It's time for us to deliver".

Robinson turned to Ford after it was confirmed that his first-choice skipper, Saracens flanker Kelly Brown, requires knee surgery that will keep him out of the championship.

Scotland open their campaign against England at Murrayfield on Saturday week -- a rematch of the decisive World Cup pool encounter three months ago when England ended Scottish hopes of a quarter-final spot with a late Chris Ashton try.

Robinson has been praised for the strides Scotland have taken during his reign, but the bald statistics show just two Six Nations victories in 10 matches. And the former England coach is sick of talking about what might have been and what might be.

"It's time for us to deliver," he said. "We've had a lot of talk about what we can do, our potential, but we haven't actually delivered results in the Six Nations in the last two years.

"So a big aim for us is to start well and this first game is a key area for us to get our first win."

Robinson confirmed that London Irish out-half Steven Shingler, who is at the centre of an international tug-of-war between Wales and Scotland, met up with the squad at their St Andrews base yesterday.

Wales challenged Scotland's right to call on Shingler (whose brother Aaron is training with the Welsh squad) on the basis that he had committed his international future to them by playing in an U-20 international.

"He met up with the squad, and has been released back to London Irish," Robinson said. "That was just to give him a chance to meet the players. We're backing an appeal to the IRB that we believe that he is qualified to play for Scotland."

Irish Independent

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