2012 30/01
Six Nations war of words begins

A war of words has opened up between the home nations just a week before the Six Nations tournament is about to start.

English-born Scotland coach Andy Robinson kicked off in typically pugnacious fashion, calling his fellow countrymen "arrogant" in their treatment of other teams in the World Cup. This, he claimed, would be what spurred Scotland on in their opening match against the English for the Calcutta Cup.

Stand-in Ireland captain Paul O'Connell, meanwhile, launched the first attack over the Irish sea, explaining how his team were "desperate" to beat Wales in the Aviva Stadium to exact revenge for the World Cup match that saw Wales dump Ireland out at the quarter final stage.

"That was certainly a big disappointment and hopefully we can put it right next weekend," the lock told BBC Sport.

"There is no doubt there is an edge to it."

The comments were made at the official launch of the tournament, where each coach sat in their formal shirts alongside the designated captains, wearing the kit of their home nation.

Backing up his comments about English arrogance, Robinson explained how the team would take that feeling and use it to their advantage.

"You use every emotion," he told

"That is what rugby is about. It's a passionate game and you have to channel that into your performance. We'll be drawing on that in the lead up to the game."

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