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By Gregor Townsend

Gregor Townsend is one in all rugby’s real greats. the main capped Scotland overseas of all time, a captain of his state and a successful British Lions vacationer, Townsend’s time within the video game has spanned continents, cultures and the beginner eras. constantly definitely worth the admission funds, his personal tale offers a distinct viewpoint on rugby.

The video game of rugby has taken Gregor Townsend from the Scottish border city of Galashiels to the nice taking part in fields of the area: Twickenham, Stade de France, Newlands, Stadium Australia and Eden Park. No present participant delivers as entire and goal a point of view on rugby tradition as Townsend.

‘Frustratingly mercurial,’ says one specialist commentator of Scotland’s such a lot celebrated fly-half. ‘He can empty bars along with his brilliance,’ waxes one other by contrast. yet no-one can query his dedication as a pioneer of the cosmopolitan rugby life.

From year-round seasons enjoying for either Gala and Australian part Warringah, he joined the Ian McGeechan revolution at Northampton – along England greats Matt Dawson, Paul Grayson and Tim Rodber – changing into a fan’s favorite. He has featured in the various largest fits within the activity – Grand Slam showdowns with England in 1995 and 1996, global Cup quarter-finals in 1999 and 2003 opposed to New Zealand and Australia, British Lions try out victories, and ecu and French Cup Finals.

Along the best way, Townsend recounts his studies of operating along a number of the greats of the realm video game – Gavin Hastings, Clive Woodward, Martin Johnson, Jonny Wilkinson, Jim Telfer, Ian McGeechan, and lots of more.

He finds how a team-mate attempted to cajole the complete Scottish XV to enroll in rival Kerry Packer’s expert league. He information his surprise at being passed over from the 2001 Lions squad, and the notorious 1994 Scotland journey to Argentina the place he used to be blasted for his performances and virtually gave up the game. And he discloses for the 1st time the arguable situations in the back of his enforced overseas retirement.

From his candid descriptions of the fierce political battles of choice to the occasions resulting in professionalism that just about destroyed union, Gregor Townsend exhibits what it has intended to have skilled a life-time enjoying, considering and residing rugby.

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