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Andy Robinson, the former England coach and now Edinburgh and Scotland A coach has accused the Welsh Rugby Union of undermining club rugby by arranging a Test match against South Africa in Cardiff on a Magners League weekend which forcing Wales’s four regions to field under-strength sides.


Robinson has questioned the purpose of a Test match which comes only a month after the World Cup and has likened it to the Rugby Football Union’s decision to arrange an extra England international against New Zealand at Twickenham one year ago when Robinson was still in charge of England.


Robinson’s Edinburgh will face Llanelli Scarlets at Murrayfield this weekend and Scarlets will be without players like Dwayne Peel, Stephen Jones and Mark Jones.


“Wales have arranged the South Africa fixture for the wrong reasons,” Robinson told the Guardian, “It is similar to England’s international against New Zealand a year ago because that was organised to make money, not for any performance reasons.”

 

The match was however billed as the opener for the new Twickenham which had been increased to a capacity of 82,000 making it the world’s largest rugby stadium.

Having only been coaching in the Magners League for around a month Robinson already feels that he has a solution to improving the tournament. “The Magners League needs to gain some real credibility and I think a play-off system would help achieve that.” he said.


Robinson said he had received a request from the Barbarians to release some of his players for next week’s match against South Africa at Twickenham but he has refused, joining the 12 Guinness Premiership clubs, Leinster and Munster in ignoring a fixture which could be a sell-out.


The capacity at Twickenham has been reduced from 82,000 to 58,000 because of rail engineering works affecting Richmond and Twickenham stations that day.

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