Friday 22 September 2017

Townsend can keep Scots on upward curve, insists Visser

Gregor Townsend is scheduled to replace Vern Cotter as Scotland manager. Photo: Getty
Gregor Townsend is scheduled to replace Vern Cotter as Scotland manager. Photo: Getty

Andy Newport

Gregor Townsend is the perfect man to build on the foundations laid by out-going Scotland head coach Vern Cotter, according to Dark Blues wing Tim Visser.

Kiwi Cotter bowed out after three years in charge with Saturday's 29-0 drubbing of Italy at Murrayfield.

While the Scots' third RBS 6 Nations win of this year's campaign was good enough only for a fourth-place finish - joint second if points difference is disregarded - there is no ignoring the strides forward the team have made under Cotter.

Their current world ranking of fifth sees them sit above the rugby powerhouses of France, South Africa and Wales.

But Visser reckons the man who led Glasgow to the Guinness PRO12 title in 2015 has already demonstrated a game plan that will work with the national team.

The Harlequins finisher said: "I think the style will be similar under Gregor. If you look at the way Glasgow have played over the last couple of years, they play very exciting rugby. There's been a complete turnaround in the style Glasgow play. A lot of off-loading, a lot of backs play. It's great to watch. Hopefully, it will be quite a seamless transition to Scotland for Gregor."

Irish Independent

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