Gregor Townsend not in for job but says Scots can turn it around

Warriors coach Townsend positive despite arriving in Belfast missing one scrum specialist
Warriors coach Townsend positive despite arriving in Belfast missing one scrum specialist
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GREGOR Townsend will not be applying to become Scotland’s next head rugby coach but he doesn’t believe massive surgery is required to turn around the team’s fortunes.

The former Scotland stand-off was released by former coach Andy Robinson in March after three years as his attack coach and replaced by Scott Johnson.

He then replaced Glasgow Warriors head coach Sean Lineen, who the SRU placed in a new role as head of player acquisition and age-grade chief.

With the focus switching from the disappointing autumn Tests which led to Robinson’s resignation, Townsend’s eyes are set on Munster and steering his Glasgow side to only a second win in Ireland in the RaboDirect PRO12.

He said. “There’s lots of work to do here and lots to learn as a coach as well. I have no opinion on who I would like to see getting it [Scotland post] but we have a very good group of playerswho should be getting better results. We are not far away from a change in fortunes in terms of momentum.

“If you look at Wales, a couple of victories led on to more confidence and more victories.

“We’ve just not got over that tipping point. I thought it was there in summer with three really good wins but we didn’t get the results this autumn.”

One man who does have Scotland at the back of his mind is Glasgow stand-off Duncan Weir, who will return in Limerick tomorrow after nine weeks recovering from the knee injury which also kept him out of the autumn Tests.

With Bath No 10 Tom Heathcote now drafted in, Weir is keen to make up for lost time.

“There are a lot of guys putting their hands up for the jersey and I can only do my bit and see how far that will take me,” he said. “I’m quite confident that I can put in a good performance and give a dilemma to the Scotland boss, whoever that 
will be.”