Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Scots at Crossroads after Defeat

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Scots at Crossroads after Defeat

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ANDY Robinson stopped short of addressing the subject of his future as head coach after Scotland's latest valiant defeat.

The statistics make grim reading for Robinson, who has two wins from 13 RBS Six Nations matches in charge following yesterday's 23-17 loss to France, but he retains belief in his charges.

Scotland, who lost to England and Wales earlier this month, have beaten France once in 13 attempts in Six Nations competition - in 2006 - and have now lost five successive Test matches for the first time since 2004, when they finished with the wooden spoon.

It is a record which will lead to conjecture over the future of Robinson, who has a contract with the Scottish Rugby Union until after the 2015 World Cup.

As well as the defeat, there was a physical toll for Scotland, with Rory Lamont suffering a suspected broken leg while Mike Blair (dead leg) and Greig Laidlaw (head knock) also went off.

KEITH Earls insists Ireland's spirits have been lifted for their daunting trip to Paris by their resounding Six Nations victory over Italy. …

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