Robinson steps down

Andy Robinson has resigned as Scotland head coach following a shocking loss to Tonga over the weekend.

Tonga recorded a 21-15 win over Scotland in Aberdeen on Saturday. The Pacific Islanders sealed the result with two tries in the second half, despite being issued two yellow cards during the game.

The loss was Scotland’s 10th in 13 games and it was Robinson’s 19th defeat in 35 fixtures. Scotland also suffered the wooden spoon in the 2012 Six Nations.

Despite being contracted until the end of the 2015 World Cup, the English coach decided to resign.

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the players and the coaches in the last few years,’ Robinson said in a statement. ‘I believe I have left the team in a better position than when I took over and have great confidence in the players and the coaches for the future.

‘I am very disappointed by our recent results but I have belief in the players to develop into a winning team.’

Current assistant coach Scott Johnson is one of the favourites to succeed Robinson. Reports up north have also mentioned South African coach Nick Mallett as a possible candidate.