Scotland name Townsend as Attack coach

Gregor Townsend has been named as attack coach as part of Scotland’s reshuffled backroom staff under new head coach Andy Robinson.

The 36-year-old Townsend, who had worked as backs coach under Robinson’s predecessor Frank Hadden, previously teamed up with the Englishman for Scotland A in their successful Nations Cup campaign in Romania and at Edinburgh.

“I am delighted and honoured to take up the position as attack coach for Scotland,” said Townsend, who won 82 caps for Scotland and was a member of the British and Irish Lions series-winning tour of South Africa in 1997.

“I have been working closely with Andy Robinson over the last few months and am relishing the opportunity to work with him and the rest of the team.

“Our first match is against Fiji at Murrayfield on Saturday 14 November and I can’t wait to assist the team in their preparations.

“As a player I was passionate about representing my country and as a coach I am focused on doing everything I can to help Andy and the team to achieve success.”

Former England coach Robinson said: “I am delighted to welcome Gregor onboard. He was a wonderful player for Scotland and his enthusiasm and commitment always shone through.

“As our attack coach I am confident he will make a very positive impact on the team.”

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