Gregor Townsend Reveals Scotland Backroom Team

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Incoming Scotland boss Gregor Townsend has confirmed his Glasgow Warriors assistants Matt Taylor and Dan McFarland will join him at the national side.

Taylor has acted under Townsend at the Warriors as defence coach since 2012 while McFarland linked up last summer after nine seasons with Connacht.

“I’m delighted to confirm the support of two hard-working coaches for the future national coaching group,” Townsend said.

“I have known Matt since our playing days and he has developed into an outstanding defence coach since hanging up his boots, winning Super Rugby with the Reds and the PRO12 while at Glasgow.

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“He is always striving to improve and it’s great that we’ll be continue to learn together over the next few years.

“Dan has done a fantastic job since arriving at Glasgow last season, and before that in Ireland. He is able to combine forensic detail from the technical side of the game with a love of learning and looking to bring out the best in his players. He has more than lived up to the reputation that preceded him and has developed very good relationships with the players at Glasgow.

“It’s great news that he’s joining us and I’m sure he will thrive in the international arena.”

Experienced Scotland assistant coaches Jonathan Humphreys and Jason O’Halloran have been recruited to join incoming Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie at Scotstoun.

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