Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Townsend scores Scotland Head Coach position

Photo: PA

Galashiels rugby legend and Glasgow Warriors Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, will take over Scotland's Head Coach position next year.

Townsend's will replace Vern Cotter after both their contracts ends in June 2017.

Townsend has been Head Coach at Guinness PRO12 side Glasgow Warriors since 2012. He lead them to the play-offs in every season, culminating with his team becoming the first Scottish professional side to win the league title in 2015.

Gregor Townsend playing for Scotland in 2003, tackled by England's Martin Johnson and Richard Hill. Credit: PA

Acknowledged as one of the most respected coaches in the northern hemisphere, Townsend has regularly attracted interest from teams across Europe and the southern hemisphere in recent seasons - leading Scottish Rugby to move to secure his services through to 2020 as Scotland Head Coach.

Vern Cotter started as Scotland Head Coach in 2014 Credit: PA

Vern Cotter started as Scotland Head Coach in the summer of 2014, starting with a summer tour which saw wins over USA, Canada and Argentina.

His appointment came after eight years leading ASM Clermont Auvergne in the French Top 14 league.

Under his leadership the team won the Top 14 Championship in 2010 and held a 77 game unbeaten home record between 2009-2013.

Having ended his playing career in France in 1999 Cotter returned to his native New Zealand to coach Bay of Plenty in the NPC.

He then joined Super 12 side Crusaders as forwards coach between 2004-2006 where they won back to back Super Rugby titles before returning to France with Clermont.