Hadden falls on sword

Scotland coach Frank Hadden has quit his post after another poor Six Nations campaign.

Hadden took the job in 2005 and was relatively successful at first, with the Scots beating England and France in 2006. However, it’s been all downhill from there with Scotland only able to win one match in each of the last three tournaments (Italy in 2007, England in 2008 and Italy again in 2009).

“Following a meeting with the Scottish Rugby board today it has been agreed that Frank Hadden will be stepping down from the post of head coach with immediate effect,” a statement on the Scottish Rugby Union website said on Thursday.

“Following a presentation at today’s Scottish Rugby board, covering a review of the Scotland team performance in the Six Nations Championship, it was agreed with Frank Hadden that a change in head coach is required to allow us to plan fully for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand,” Scottish Rugby’s chief executive, Gordon McKie said. “On behalf of the board, I have thanked Frank for his hard work and commitment during his term as national coach.”

Scotland Rugby said the hunt for a new coach would begin with immediate effect.

Former England coach Andy Robinson is an early favourite to replace Hadden, having won wide support from players with Edinburgh and Scotland ‘A’ this season.