Scottish Rugby
Robinson plays down links to Scotland post
March 26, 2009
Andy Robinson coach of Edinburgh and former England coach takes part in a Scotland training session at Murrayfield ahead of this weekends RBS six nations match against France January 29, 2008 in Edinburgh,Scotland.
Edinburgh coach Andy Robinson has expressed an interest in returning to the international stage but insists his immediate future lies with the Magners League side. © Getty Images

Edinburgh coach Andy Robinson has played down speculation linking him with the Scotland post.

The former England coach has been linked with a return to the international stage following another disappointing Six Nations for the Scots under current boss Frank Hadden that saw them record only one victory against Italy.

Robinson, 44, was quoted in the match programme for Scotland's Calcutta Cup defeat to England as saying that he would love to return to the elite game sparking reports that he may be lined up as a replacement for an under-fire Hadden. However, he has since tried to clarify his comments and underlined his commitment to Edinburgh.

"You want to be at the highest level of your sport and there is a real buzz when you are involved at that level," said Robinson, who coached England between 2004 and 2006.

However, when pressed on whether he would accept an offer from the Scottish Rugby Union he told reporters, "Why are you asking hypothetical questions? Deal with the moment, deal with what is reality, please.

"Who knows what's going to come round the corner? It could be the number six bus … which hits you. My father picked up multiple sclerosis when he was 36, he was fit playing rugby and cricket for Somerset, and suddenly he was in a wheelchair within four years.

"Who knows what's going to happen in our lives, so therefore you live your life, you enjoy your life, and you get on with it. That is something I believe in, totally, and it is how I have lived my life ever since."

Robinson, who collected 8 England caps between 1988 and 1995, also insisted his immediate future was with Edinburgh. "I'm loving what I do at the moment," he explained, according to The Scotsman. "I'm enjoying the coaching with Rob [Moffat - Edinburgh's assistant coach] and working with the players. I've got a year left on my contract, so I'm looking forward to the planning for next year."

The future of Hadden will be decided at the end of April following a review of his side's performance in the Six Nations. Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) chief executive Gordon McKie will review the tournament, in which Hadden's side failed to deliver the SRU's minimum of two wins.

Robinson acted as Hadden's assistant last summer's in Argentina, when Scotland squared the Test series by beating their hosts in Buenos Aires.

He is also well-placed to guage Scotland's leading talent having been in charge of the capital's side since October 1997. The club's website reports that 95% of their 42-man squad are Scottish qualified and since being appointed he has only signed Scottish qualified players including current internationals Ross Ford, Jim Hamilton and Chris Paterson.


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