Scotland coach Andy Robinson welcomes rankings rise

Andy Robinson
Scotland set off for their training camp in Australia on Saturday

Andy Robinson welcomed Scotland's rise to seventh place in the IRB world rankings, but the coach maintains that his focus is on the Rugby World Cup.

Speaking on scottishrugby.org, Robinson said a string of winning performances was key to the rise from eighth place.

"What the rankings prove is that, if you win games, you will move up the rankings," said Robinson.

"For us, getting that consistency of winning three games on the bounce means you have the ability to move up."

Robinson was speaking at the end of the Scots' first day at their training camp on Australia's Gold Coast as they prepare for the start of the Rugby World Cup on 9 September in New Zealand.

Scotland leapt one place, above Ireland in the rankings, meaning Declan Kidney's men now occupy their lowest-ever position after their 20-9 loss to England at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

However, Robinson was keen to stress that the rankings would only carry meaning if Scotland successfully negotiated their Pool B matches against Argentina, England, Georgia and Romania.

"I don't think the rankings will have too much impact on what happens in the Rugby World Cup, where we'll have four very tough games in our pool stages and the key focus for us is on winning those games," said Robinson.

Scotland's opening match in the World Cup will be against Romania on 10 September at the Rugby Park Stadium in Invercargill.

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