The Sunday Post (Dundee)

Why the haste to go public with plans?


In securing the services of Townsend for Scotland, did the SRU really have to announce it now?

Even if the deal were done behind closed doors, both Cotter and Townsend still have work to do with their teams – both of them knowing that this season will be their last. It’s hardly a great way to incentivis­e people.

Spare a thought too, for Vern Cotter. He has done a good job with Scotland – notwithsta­nding the performanc­es on tour in Japan, which weren’t Scotland’s best, but which still resulted in two wins.

It seemed that an extension to Cotter’s contract was hardly considered, which seems somewhat harsh, given how the team is beginning to find its feet in internatio­nal rugby.

Make no mistake, I believe that appointing Gregor Townsend is excellent and it is great to have a Scottish coach in charge of the Scotland team – the only one of the Home Nations to have a coach from their own country.

Gregor has a great understand­ing of the Scottish game and has been allowed to develop his coaching credential­s with Glasgow – who have been one of the most consistent sides in the Pro12 competitio­n.

Stepping up into the internatio­nal arena is another challenge, but I have no doubt that Gregor will embrace it and do well.

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