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About Gregor Townsend

Gregor Townsend won 82 caps for Scotland and appeared in 2 Lions tests during an international playing career which lasted 10 years. He became famous in 1995 for a last minute reverse pass to Gavin Hastings, dubbed “The Toonie Flip” that enabled Scotland to win in Paris for the first time in 25 years. A great student of the game, Gregor played club rugby in Scotland, Australia, South Africa, England and France. Gregor has been Scotland’s attack coach since 2010 and part of the team that planned the campaign in Argentina that year, the first time Scotland had won a major test series in the Southern Hemisphere.


  • Born: 26 April, 1973, Galashiels, Scotland
  • Scotland: 82 caps
    164 points (17 tries, 8 conversions, 14 penalties, 7 drop goals)
  • Debut: England, aged 19, 1993
  • British and Irish Lions: 2 caps
    Clubs: Gala, Warringah, Northampton, Brive, Castres, Borders, Natal Sharks, Montpellier, Glasgow

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Catching the Moment

Ask the people down your local club what they think the most important skill for a fly-half or midfield back is. I reckon speed and passing might feature at the top of a lot of lists, but I am not sure how many would identify ‘catching’ as the number one priority. It seems, well, it seems so ordinary. Anyone can catch a rugby ball, right? Or nearly everyone…

Pitch Size Matters

Can someone please tell me why there is a maximum pitch size but no minimum size. In recent years both the Osprey and Wasps have played blitz defences on small pitches and reduced rugby to a hit-athon…

Coming Soon: Gregor Townsend - Offload and continuity

Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend’s latest course covers offload skills and continuity in attack.