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Frank Hadden’s chances of remaining in charge of Scotland appear to hinge on his side’s display against England this weekend after Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Gordon McKie said a decision on the head coach’s future would be made by the end of April.


Defeat at Twickenham on Saturday would mean Hadden will have failed to meet the SRU’s declared objective of two Six Nations victories per season for a second consecutive year.


But McKie said the goal of a 40 percent success rate was not the only criterion on which Hadden would be judged.


“Speculation that this is Frank’s last game is somewhat premature,” McKie said Wednesday.


“I will carry out a review with coaches, selected players and others on the periphery of the national team and reach our conclusion and share it with the board.”


McKie, who expects that review to take up to a month to complete, added: “We will take into account all factors including how unlucky were we, frustration of dropping a ball and losing the game. How competitive were we? World rankings. Do we believe the future is rosy?”


McKie’s reflections on Scotland’s 22-15 defeat by Ireland last weekend suggested Hadden may be given the benefit of the doubt.


“Without making excuses, I think we have been unlucky,” he said.


“Against Ireland, we lost one line-out and we lose the game. Overall, the performance against Ireland was a good one.”


A defeat at the hands of Martin Johnson’s revitalised England could however change the mind-frame of the SRU hierarchy and Hadden will, at the very least, be keen to ensure a close game if a first win at Twickenham for 26 years proves elusive.


Sapa-AFP – SixNationsweb.co.uk

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