Rugby: Robinson says Haka must not faze Scots

Scotland rugby coach Andy Robinson has told his side to take the haka in their stride when facing New Zealand in the opening EMC Autumn Test at Murrayfield on Saturday week.

"Just enjoy it" is Robinson's advice regarding a pre-match ritual 'war dance' that some say offers an immediate psychological advantage to the world No.1s.

Robinson adds: "It is part of when you play the All Blacks. It happens - use it whatever way you want (and) don't get too psyched up...

"Make sure you know it is about the first kick-off."

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Defenders of the haka say it entertains the crowd and Robinson is calling for the same atmosphere that he insists played a part in Scotland gaining their own psychological edge stemming from beating top southern hemisphere opposition, Australia, a year ago.

Acknowledging that victory still provides a sense of belief carrying over to today he also said: "The crowd gained a belief in us and a key area is the real vocal support they will provide."

Scotland are going for five in-a-row unbeaten but, regardless, Robinson says stakes will remain the same.

"You want pressure. It is important. In each international there is pressure to perform. It is not just about getting up and performing for the England game - it is every game we have. The pressure is there and people are expecting a very good performance."

Scotland have never beaten the All Blacks but Robinson insisted: "There is a pressure out there to win and that is what we have to focus on."

Meanwhile, after three weeks out with a foot injury Dan Parks is confident he will be available to return at stand off in the "strongest" Scotland side he has represented.

Considering Parks has over 50 caps that is a significant claim but he maintains: "This is the strongest team we have and in respect of spirit as well.

"New Zealand are best in the world and fitness is going to play a part.

"We're going to have to play 100 per cent - every player.

"The best team in the world don't lose very often."