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Tuesday May 9, 2023

Gregor Townsend signs a new deal to remain with Scotland until 2026

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has signed a contract extension that will see him remain in charge of the national squad until April 2026.

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Since taking over the role in 2017, the 50-year-old Townsend has taken Scotland to an all-time high 5th place on the world rankings.

Clearly excited about the proposition of guiding his nation for another two years, Townsend said: “I’m excited about the potential of the current squad of players and the game they can deliver against the best teams in the world,

“As coaches, we have been very encouraged by the progress the team has made this season, and we believe there is much more to come from this group.

“I also feel the connection the team has with the country is special and that our supporters are backing the team like never before.

“The number of people who arrive two hours early to welcome the team off the bus on a home matchday demonstrates the love shown for this group of players and their belief that the squad can achieve something special.

“Our focus right now remains on Rugby World Cup preparations, but I am delighted to have secured my future for the next few years and look forward to continuing to do all I can to drive the team forward and inspire our supporters.”

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Speaking for the Scottish Rugby Union, CEO Mark Dobson said: “The squad has unparalleled depth, which is the result of many years planned development,

“We believe Gregor is best placed to take the team to the next level and continue to excite and engage the people of Scotland.”

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