Gregor Townsend

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Finn Russell showed with his performance in the Heineken Cup final that he is a liability the very highest level of the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I relate to Finn Russell. The Scotland outhalf has managed to combine the sublime with the ridiculous so far in his career. Now 28, he is not going t(...)

Ireland were beaten by England at Twickenham in February before the tournament was suspended. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 2020 Six Nations resumes this week 32-weeks after it was brought to a truly shuddering halt with the postponement of, first, the Ireland-Italy gam(...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne reacts after kicking a penalty to take the lead over Ulster in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final a, Aviva Stadium, Dublin in March 2019. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andrew Trimble had enough belief in himself to make a game-altering tackle during Ireland’s monumental victory over the All Blacks in Chicago on Novem(...)

 Ulster coach Dan McFarland: ”I have a love of the contact, of collective speed, that the system lasts longer at a persistent speed than the opposition.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are several ways to interpret Ulster’s awful restart. They appear to be mired in pre-season mode. At least the halfbacks cannot mess up the fund(...)

Bernard Jackman has been helping coaches from around the world share their coaching experiences while there is no action. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

“The Secret to the Japanese Attack Speed” by Atsushi Tanabe captivated the most recent Zoom gathering of coaches. It was effectively a presentation th(...)

The Scotland rugby head coach and his backroom staff had a video meeting with the RAF’s aerobatic display team - the Red Arrows. Photograph: Getty Images

Gregor Townsend hopes his learning sessions with the Red Arrows can help Scotland make a flying start when they resume international action. The Scot(...)

Scottish rubgy stars such as Stuart Hogg are facing pay cuts. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Scotland’s higher-earning players have been asked to take pay cuts amid fears of a £12 million (€14m) shortfall caused by the potential postponement o(...)

Ben Toolis comes into the Scotland secondrow for the injured Jonny Gray. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made three changes to his starting XV for Saturday’s Six Nations trip to Italy. Edinburgh forwards Stuart McI(...)

 Scotland’s Stuart Hogg dejected after his side’s defeat to Ireland at the Aviva. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Scotland assistant coach Mike Blair expects to see a confident Stuart Hogg against Italy after the skipper’s successful respite from a difficult Guinn(...)

Ben Earl celebrates after Ellis Genge’s try against Scotland. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

Few sports tread the fine line between love and hate as precariously as rugby union. It is part of its attraction: beauty and the beast occupy the sam(...)

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