SRU con­firm Townsend will bring War­riors back­room staff

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THE Scot­tish Rugby Union has con­firmed that Gre­gor Townsend’s two as­sis­tant coaches will move with him from Glas­gow War­riors to the Scot­land camp next sea­son, while two of Vern Cot­ter’s as­sis­tants with the na­tional team will travel in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

Matt Tay­lor, the War­riors’ de­fence coach, has al­ready ful­filled the same role on a part-time ba­sis with Scot­land, but will now be part of the na­tional set-up full-time. Dan McFar­land, who joined Glas­gow from Con­nacht in the sum­mer of 2015, will be­come Scot­land’s for­wards coach. Both will make the move from Glas­gow to Ed­in­burgh along with Townsend next June, mean­ing the new coach­ing team will be in place for the tour to Aus­tralia.

“I’m de­lighted to con­firm the sup­port of two hard-work­ing coaches for the fu­ture na­tional coach­ing group,” Townsend said yes­ter­day. “I have known Matt since our play­ing days, and he has de­vel­oped into an out­stand­ing de­fence coach since hang­ing up his boots. He is al­ways striv­ing to im­prove and it’s great that we’ll con­tinue to learn to­gether over the next few years.

“Dan has done a fan­tas­tic job since ar­riv­ing at Glas­gow last sea­son, and be­fore that in Ire­land. He has more than lived up to the rep­u­ta­tion that pre­ceded him and has de­vel­oped very good re­la­tion­ships with the play­ers at Glas­gow. It’s great news that he’s join­ing us and I’m sure he will thrive in the in­ter­na­tional arena.”

Ja­son O’Hal­lo­ran and Jonathan Humphreys are the two coaches who will join the War­riors as as­sis­tants to Dave Ren­nie when he suc­ceeds Townsend next sum­mer. They look after the for­wards and backs re­spec­tively.

Mean­while, the SRU ap­pears con­fi­dent it will get the go-ahead this evening for its plan to of­fer a sub­stan­tial stake in the War­riors and Ed­in­burgh Rugby to out­side in­vestors. A mo­tion grant­ing per­mis­sion to the union’s ex­ec­u­tives to seek such in­vest­ment will be put to a spe­cial gen­eral meet­ing at Mur­ray­field, and pro­vided a quo­rum of 106 vot­ers is reached, it is ex­pected to be car­ried. A two-thirds ma­jor­ity is re­quired for the mo­tion to be passed.

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