Gregor Townsend

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Gregor Townsend
Full name Gregor Peter John Townsend
Date of birth (1973-04-26) 26 April 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Galashiels, Scotland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 9 lb)
School Galashiels Academy
University University of Edinburgh
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Retired
Playing career
Position Fly-half, centre or fullback
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
1985–95
1992, 1995
Gala RFC
Warringah
correct as of 24 June 2014.
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–07
2004–05
2004
2002–04
2000–02
1998–2000
1995–98
Border Reivers
Montpellier
Natal Sharks
Borders
Castres
Brive
Northampton Saints


7


(5)
correct as of 24 June 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1993–2003
1997
Scotland
British and Irish Lions
82
2
(164)
(0)
correct as of 24 June 2014.
Coaching career
Years Club / team
2012–present
2008–12
Glasgow Warriors
Scotland national rugby union team

Gregor Peter John Townsend MBE (born 26 April 1973 in Galashiels) is a former Scottish rugby union player and now the Head Coach of the Glasgow Warriors. Townsend represented both Scotland and the British and Irish Lions winning 82 caps for Scotland (twice as captain) and two for the Lions.

Playing career[edit]

Townsend was first with Gala RFC, coming through from their ranks from the mini section. He won his first full cap for Scotland in March 1993. In the 1999 Five Nations Championship, Townsend scored a try against every other country, becoming the first Scotsman since 1925 to achieve this feat. His efforts helped Scotland become champions.

In 1995 Gregor joined Northampton Saints and then joined Brive in 1998. In 2000 he stayed in France but moved to Castres. In 2004, free to travel the world after being relieved of Scotland duties, he represented the Natal Sharks in the then Super 12 and played the 2004–05 season with Montpellier in France. He returned to the Borders for the 2005–06 season as a player and coach.

Coaching[edit]

Townsend was appointed Backs Coach to the Scotland nation team in 2008. He was then appointed Attack Coach. In 2012 Townsend was appointed by the SRU to the position of Head Coach to the Glasgow Warriors.

Toonie flip[edit]

This is the name of the magical reverse pass which Gregor gave to Gavin Hastings for Scotland to register a dramatic and famous last-minute 23–21 victory against France in Paris in 1995.

References[edit]

  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1)
  • Townsend, Gregor Talk of the Toony: The Autobiography of Gregor Townsend (HarperSport, 2007 ISBN 978-0-00-725113-1)


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