Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend in action for Natal Sharks in 2004. Picture: Ross Setford/Getty

Globetrotter Townsend happy to loosen strings against South Africa

It may have been a brief cameo in a long and far-travelled playing career but the few months Gregor Townsend spent in South Africa 14 years ago made a lasting impression, to the point where he makes the case that it is the most passionate rugby country in the world, surpassing even New Zealand.

Townsend had a Super Rugby stint with Natal Sharks in 2004 and, as he prepares to lead his nation against the Springboks in the biggest Test of this November series, reflected with happiness on that time.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend in action for Natal Sharks in 2004. Picture: Ross Setford/Getty

1. Sharks Gregor Townsend against the Highlanders in

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend in action for Natal Sharks in 2004. Picture: Ross Setford/Getty
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