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Scotland coach Townsend given contract extension to 2023 RWC

December 10, 2020 GMT

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Gregor Townsend will coach Scotland through the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France after signing a two-year contract extension Thursday.

Townsend was hired in May 2017 when Vern Cotter was bumped aside after turning around Scotland’s fortunes.

The former Glasgow coach has overseen 40 tests for 22 wins and a draw. Townsend failed to lead the team out of the pool stage at the Rugby World Cup last year in Japan.

This year, Scotland was fourth in the Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup, including its longest run of wins since 2011 against Italy (twice), France, Georgia, and Wales in Llanelli.

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“I will be doing all I can, alongside an outstanding support staff, to improve the team as we build towards Rugby World Cup 2023 in France,” Townsend said in a statement.

“Over the past year I believe we have made progress on and off the field which give real grounds for optimism around what this team can achieve.”

Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson added: “I’ve been impressed with how Gregor has refocussed his approach over the last 12 months following the disappointing results at the RWC 2019 and believe he the right man to continue an anticipated upward trajectory of this group of players and coaches.”

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