Gregor Townsend

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Greig Laidlaw consoles John Barclay during Scotland’s 27-3 in Yokohama. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty

What were you worried about? After all the build-up, all the hype and all the nerves, Ireland have safely negotiated the first hurdle of their Rugby W(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander runs at Scotland’s Sean Maitland during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There was much to admire in Ireland’s hard-nosed and ruthlessly emphatic 27-3 victory over Scotland, not least the vindication of the team selection, (...)

Scotland players are applauded by Ireland players after the  game. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Scotland boss Gregor Townsend was left scratching his head over his side’s lack of energy and aggression during their 27-3 loss to Ireland in their W(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg takes part in a training session at the International Stadium Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture on Friday.  Photo: Kazuhiro/Getty

If desperation is the disease and experience the antidote – quote credit: Andy Farrell – Ireland are far from full health. The journey started eight (...)

Ireland prepare for Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

October 18th, 2015. A wounded Ireland are put to the sword by a dashing Argentina side, full of vim and vigour, under the Millennium Stadium roof. Lo(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan in action against  Wales in  February  2018 at the Aviva. Gordon D’Arcy, Fiona Coghlan and John O’Sullivan view him as the top northern hemisphere player of the tournament. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Gerry Thornley (Rugby Correspondent) Q1 – How far can Ireland go (where does it end)? Ireland are one of several teams that could actually win the w(...)

Stuart Hogg starts for Scotland against Ireland on Sunday. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

Gregor Townsend has opted to name an experienced line-up ahead of Scotland’s World Cup opener against Ireland. Skipper Stuart McInally will lead out (...)

Against Wales, the Irish defence was   rarely broken with Bundee Aki leading the way. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

Can Ireland cope in the tram tracks? In October 2015, I was in Cardiff for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final game against Argentina and have two(...)

Ulster coach Dan McFarland worked with the Scotland forwards under Gregor Townsend. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dan McFarland’s intimate knowledge of the inner workings of Scottish rugby was accumulated during his time as assistant coach to Gregor Townsend at th(...)

Now, with Scotland in their sights, all that torture has been moulded into something resembling peak performance. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Small island, big dreams. There’s nowhere to hide on this green rock. Six hours cruising in his vintage mustang can have Jacob Stockdale beside Conor (...)

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