Scotland head coach Andy Robinson relishes tough summer tour

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson insists he is enjoying facing a tough summer tour despite finishing the Six Nations campaign without a win.

The Scots play Australia before further tests against Fiji and Samoa.

And Robinson has said that the high standard of opposition was the reason for selecting the tour.

"I believe the players have the ability to win any game we play. Saying that, we have three huge Test matches. That's why we selected this tour," he said.

"Australia will pick a very good side because of us beating them in 2009.

"Then we've got Fiji, who will bring all their best players back to play against Scotland, and it's the same for Samoa.

"We know they are going to be three very big Test matches and that we will have to be at our very best to win them."

Scotland welcome newly qualified Dutchman Tim Visser to their squad, but face the tour without exciting youngsters David Denton and Lee Jones, who are both injured, and suspended lock Jim Hamilton.

The Englishman also stressed that he was more focused on results rather than squad development.

"Part of developing the spirit is by winning," said Robinson. "There is a focus on results but that is how it should be - it's an international rugby team.

"It's important that players, when they are representing Scotland, understand that they have to be at their very best when they play."

However, despite worries over the effect temperatures in the South Pacific may have on Scotland, Robinson insists climate will not be a factor.

He said: "We expect Fiji to be a little bit warmer than Australia and Samoa to be a lot hotter. We can be in the 30s in Samoa, mid-20s in Fiji and and 19-20 in Australia.

"These are good temperatures to train in."

Robinson also has fond memories of Antipodean tours after making his debut against Australia in 1988, before facing Fiji.

"It was a tough place to play. The crowd certainly got behind the team when they had the ball in hand," he added.

"The Fijians are big physical men. They can run the ball from their own line, they've got the confidence to do that."

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