Andy Robinson: Bristol name ex-Scotland boss as director of rugby

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Domestic return delights Robinson

Former England and Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has been appointed director of rugby at Championship outfit Bristol.

The 48-year-old quit his job with Scotland in November and joins Bristol on a four-year deal.

Current head coach Liam Middleton will work alongside Robinson, who will start his tenure on 1 March.

Middleton has been in charge since 2011, and his side are currently fourth in English rugby's second tier.

The former Premiership club have made no secret of their desire to regain their place in the top flight, but have been left frustrated by losing out in the final stages of the play-offs twice in the last three years.

Robinson told BBC Radio Bristol: "I like the ambition of the club. Their values align to mine and I wanted to come to a place where I was going to enjoy my work.

"Coming here and being able to work alongside Liam, I feel like I can really make a difference to the club. We want to develop Bristol as a team - both on and off the field."

Taunton-born Robinson spent his 11-year playing career with Bristol's local rivals, Bath, and was capped eight times by England.

He then went on to join the backroom staff at The Rec, before working as forwards coach for England under Sir Clive Woodward, helping mastermind the 2003 World Cup victory in Australia.

Robinson succeeded Woodward as head coach - a position he held between 2004 and 2006 - before a two-year stint with Edinburgh, which led to him being appointed as Scotland boss in 2009.

But he ended his three-and-a-half year reign after a disappointing autumn series, which saw his side lose to New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga.

Robinson was in attendance at the Memorial Stadium for Bristol's 30-20 bonus-point win over Rotherham on Sunday - a result which moved them back up into the play-off places.

Bristol are backed by Bristol City majority shareholder Steve Lansdown and recently announced plans to ground-share with the football club, either at Ashton Gate or a new stadium at Ashton Vale.

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