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New contract for Scotland coach Townsend

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has been rewarded for winning nine of his 14 games in charge with a new contract that will keep him in place until 2021.<p>Townsend took over from Vern Cotter in June last year and the team finished third in his debut Six Nations campaign.<p>"It's …

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Gareth Southgate gets top marks from RFU boss who wants England's rugby stars to inspire nation as footballers did

Gareth Southgate’s example can inspire England to more World Cup success - this time in rugby.<p>That is the hope of Rugby Football Union boss Steve …

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Gregor Townsend extends Scotland contract beyond Rugby World Cup 2019 to 2021 along with coaching team

Gregor Townsend has extended his contract to remain as Scotland head coach through to the end of the 2020/21 season.<p>The former Glasgow Warriors boss …

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Gregor Townsend: Scotland coach and backroom staff extend deals

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World Cup 2018: Scotsman Allan Russell helps drive England's progress

As Eric Dier slammed his penalty into the Colombian net, ensuring England's passage to the World Cup quarter-finals and a first World Cup shootout victory, a Scotsman on the touchline was among the most jubilant of revellers.

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Scotland crush Argentina 44-15 after first-half thrashing

RESISTENCIA, Argentina (Reuters) - Scotland blew away Argentina with a devastating first-half display to post a 44-15 victory and leave the ailing Pumas in dire straights after yet another pummelling on Saturday.<p>Scotland ripped through some feeble Argentine defence to post a barely believable 36-3 …

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Gregor Townsend hails fledgling duo as Scotland make Argentina suffer

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend was a satisfied man after watching his side demolish Argentina 44-15 in Resistencia.<p>From the first minute, all his selection gambles paid off and he could sit back and look at a job well done from his key players.<p>He was full of praise for young half-backs George …

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Gregor Townsend hails 'encouraging' performance after youthful Scotland demolish Argentina in Resistencia

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend was a satisfied man after watching his side demolish Argentina 44-15 in Resistencia.<p>From the first minute, all …

Sport (UK)

Gregor Townsend has given youth a chance to shine... but Scotland need to win, admits Gavin Hastings

It is all very well Scotland blooding young players on this summer tour but they will get much more out of the experience if they get used to …

Sport (UK)

Gregor Townsend seeks Scotland atonement against Argentina

• Eight changes made for final tour game after defeat by USA<br>• Daniel Hourcade takes charge of struggling Pumas for final time<p>Scotland’s players received a rocket after failing to achieve lift-off in Houston last weekend and their head coach, Gregor Townsend, expects atonement against an Argentina …

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Danny Wilson pulls out of Wasps move to join Scotland as forwards coach

Danny Wilson has pulled out of a move to join Wasps next season after being confirmed as Scotland's new forwards coach.<p>The former Cardiff head coach …

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Gregor Townsend blasts ill discipline as embarrassed Scotland become first Tier One nation to lose to USA

It was a shattering defeat for Scotland when they became the first Tier One nation to lost to the USA, going down 30-29 in Houston.<p>"We gave them momentum in that third quarter through ill discipline," said Gregor Townsend, the head coach as he reflected on the period that had turned the match the …

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USA v Scotland: Captain Stuart Hogg 'found a love of the game again' - Gregor Townsend

Gregor Townsend named two sets of brothers - the Hornes and the Fagersons - in his starting line-up for the United States on the weekend and he's picked a side that contains seven players who will be starting their first Test match for Scotland.

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Canada 10-48 Scotland: George Turner hat-trick helps Gregor Townsend's men to seven-try romp

Adam Hastings, son of rugby legend Gavin, made his Scotland debut in an easy win over Canada.<p>The fly-half came on four minutes after the break to …

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Gavin Hastings 'very proud' as son Adam poised for Scotland debut

Gavin Hastings did his best to keep a lid on his emotions, but during the course of Wednesday it got harder and harder.

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Scotland v Canada: Experimental tourists can stake World Cup claims

Given the failure of their beloved Oilers, the good people of Edmonton could do with a little sporting cheer these days.

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Bryan Redpath would 'love' son Cameron to choose Scotland over England

Former Scotland captain Bryan Redpath revealed he embarked on a campaign of family trickery in an attempt to stop son Cameron pledging his international allegiance to England.

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Scotland captain Barclay out for up to six months with Achilles injury

(Reuters) - Scotland captain John Barclay will be out of action for at least six months after undergoing surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon, Pro14 side Scarlets said on Tuesday.<p>FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - Scotland vs England - BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Britain - …

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EXCLUSIVE: Channel Four make Scotland clash with Argentina the fourth Test they will show live in June

Channel Four have snapped up another rugby Test match with Scotland's June fixture against Argentina their latest scalp.<p>The news means four home …

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Scotland call up six uncapped players for summer tour, some big names rested

Stuart McInally will captain Scotland for the June Tests with Canada, United States and Argentina, with six uncapped players in Gregor Townsend's squad.

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Ulster Rugby: Scotland forwards coach Dan McFarland to become new Ulster head coach

Scotland forwards coach Dan McFarland has agreed to become the next Ulster head coach on a three-year contract.

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ESPN Six Nations Awards 2018

The dust has settled on another thrilling Six Nations but just as Irish heads begin to clear, there is yet more silverware to distribute.<p>Celebrating …

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Gregor Townsend demands Scotland improvement in readiness for World Cup

It has been a rollercoaster of a Six Nations Championship for Scotland who have hit the highs and the lows, admitted Gregor Townsend after they wrapped up their tournament with a scrappy late win in Italy.<p>The head coach said the group had probably played to their potential for about four of the 10 …

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Rollercoaster win over Italy felt as good as beating England insists Gregor Townsend

The Scotland head coach delivered three wins in the Six Nations but believes there's room for improvement.<p>Gregor Townsend last night claimed …

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Italy 27 Scotland 29: Greig Laidlaw holds nerve as Scots edge seven-try thriller

This was highway robbery. Rarely has any side in the Six Nations ever been under the pump for so long yet emerged with a win, let alone one with a bonus point that must have added insult to injury for the Azzurri’s crestfallen supporters.<p>For at least three quarters of this match, Rome, so often the …

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John Barclay: Losing to Italy will mean Scotland's campaign has been a failure... defeat is not an option

Italy may dare to dream, but this is a match Scotland have no right losing. The visitors have won eight of the past nine games against the Azzurri and are, says Italy skipper Sergio Parisse, comfortably the best Scotland side he has ever faced.<p>Italy, on the other hand, are a side in transition …

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Finn Russell: Playing Italy in Rome is good fun, but it is always a tough game

Finn Russell understands Scotland’s label of overwhelming favourites for Saturday’s game, but is not seduced by it. Granted, Scotland should win in Rome, he says, but to expect to do so is to court disaster. Like their increasingly competitive Pro 14 teams Zebre and Benetton, Italy are a team in …

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Six Nations 2018: Gregor Townsend shakes up Scotland side for Italy clash

Gregor Townsend has rung the changes to his Scotland line-up as they look to end the NatWest 6 Nations on a high against Italy on Saturday.<p>The Dark …

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Gregor Townsend rings the changes to end Scotland's away-day woe

With several front-line Scotland players recently returned from injury, coach Gregor Townsend has named five changes to the side which lost 28-8 in Ireland for Saturday’s visit to Rome. If Scotland can beat winless Italy in their final Natwest Six Nations match, they will have won three of their …

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Stuart Hogg goes under the radar for the good of Scotland

There was a time, says Stuart Hogg, when all he thought of was how many metres he had made with the ball in hand, how many men he had beaten, how many tries he had scored. As a cocky young player he was self-consciously the main event, a player who brought to mind that famous line from Bette …

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