Robinson resigns as Scotland lose to Tonga
Scotland 15 Tonga 21Andy Robinson yesterday bowed to the inevitable by resigning as Scotland head coach. An angry Robinson warned there would be consequences after Saturday’s 21-15 loss to Tonga and yesterday morning his departure, announced by the Scottish Rugby Union, was the most significant of them.
The 48-year-old, who was under contract until the 2015 World Cup, clung to hope for the future following the 2011 World Cup pool stage exit and the 2012 Six Nations whitewash, when his role was questioned.
After the abject showing in Aberdeen, Robinson decided enough was enough and exits with Scotland 12th in the provisional world rankings after 10 losses in the last 13 Tests.
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.
The search for his successor will begin immediately, with senior assistant coach Scott Johnson a contender.
Tries from Lua Lokotui and Fetu’u Vainikolo and 11 points from the boot of Fangatapu Apikotoa earned Tonga a memorable win. Greig Laidlaw kicked five penalties for Scotland.