Robinson hails RaboDirect PRO12 impact

Guinness PRO12 Editor

25 May 2012


Scotland head coach Andy Robinson insists the form of the nation’s two RaboDirect PRO12 sides can herald a winning mentality on their three-Test tour of the South Seas.

Edinburgh became the first Scottish side to reach the Heineken Cup semi-finals this season while Glasgow’s RaboDirect PRO12 play-off hopes were only halted by a destructive Leinster outfit.

And former Edinburgh coach Robinson has included a number of the Gunners’ stars as he looks to rebuild after a poor Six Nations campaign ended with five defeats.

Matt Scott, Tom Brown, Tim Visser and Ryan Grant will all be stepping up for their first senior tour in June and with games against Australia, Fiji and Samoa Robinson is targeting three wins.

“We are involved in international rugby to go out and win and you never hide away from that fact,” said Robinson.

“Having had conversations with players, to a man they’ve all gone ‘I really want to tour’. We’re resting Allan Jacobsen but everyone else has been right up for this and wanting to get selected, and it’s great that they have that enthusiasm at the end of a long season.

“That [Edinburgh’s Heineken Cup and Glasgow’s RaboDirect runs] is good and helps build the confidence of players.
“You also look at players who haven’t toured before, and have just got their starting spot in the Scotland team and are now looking forward to touring for Scotland.

“One of the key things is to really build confidence about the way we’re playing and a spirit, and one of the ways to do that is on tour.”


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