SRU: We had to move for Gregor Townsend

Scottish Rugby Union chief Mark Dodson said the country moved for Gregor Townsend as he had become “one of the most sought-after coaches in the game”.

Townsend will take over from Vern Cotter as Scotland head coach in June 2017, the SRU confirmed last night.

Townsend has impressed since taking charge of Glasgow in 2012, after a three-year stint as an assistant coach with the national team.

The 43-year-old has led Warriors to the Guinness Pro12 play-offs in each of his four seasons in charge and guided them to their first title in 2015, winning the play-offs after topping the table.

“Gregor’s abilities as a head coach are evident and he is increasingly becoming one of the most sought-after coaches in the game,” said Dodson.

“I have been charged with developing Scottish coaches and believe the time is now right to secure Gregor’s talents, as we build towards the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.”

Townsend, capped 82 times by the Scots, said: “I am incredibly proud to take on the Scotland head coach role at the end of the season.

"It is a real honour to be given the responsibility of coaching the national team and I look forward to working with such an impressive group of players.”

He added: “My focus is firmly on the season ahead with Glasgow and I will be doing all I can to help the club continue to progress this year.”

Cotter said: “

I have been really pleased with the progress that has been made in all areas.

“I intend to remain focused on the upcoming autumn internationals and remaining Scotland matches in 2017.”


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