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Calder 'has no faith' in Scotland coaches
ESPN Staff
February 11, 2014
Jim Telfer (left) and Finlay Calder (right) have both been vocal in their criticism of the Scottish national side © Getty Images

Finlay Calder has slammed Scotland's management and has also called for the Scottish Rugby Union to bin the Sevens squad.

Scotland are coming in for criticism from all corners following their dismal start to the Six Nations which has seen them lose their opening two matches. On Saturday, Scotland barely troubled England and Calder feels interim coach Scott Johnson made some fundamental errors.

"I have no faith in the coaches," Calder told The Daily Mail. "The dropping of Kelly Brown beggars belief, to take off our team's best performer David Denton with half an hour to go was incomprehensible and to send two front-row players out for the start of the second half then hook them after three minutes doesn't make sense. The team needs consistency in selection.

"But it is not about whether we can turn it round in the next three games, we need to start thinking about the next 10 years."

Heading forward, Calder would also make changes to the structure of Scottish rugby.

He added: "We have to harbour our meagre playing and financial resources better, so I would bin the Sevens squad as soon as the Commonwealth Games are out the way because it is doing nothing for developing young, professional players - which is supposed to be its core function.

"The market will dictate whether we have the pro teams next year but if there are no competitions for them to play in then we have to redirect whatever finance we can afford to building up the club game - which has been treated appallingly for 15 years.

"We have to accept where we are and what we can afford. If that means all of our best players go to England and France for big wages, then so be it. We have the IRB guidelines there to ensure that they are still available for Scotland."

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