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Townsend: 'One of best ever'


Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend. Photo: PA

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend. Photo: PA

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend. Photo: PA

Gregor Townsend believes Scotland's first win at Twickenham since 1983 could be his nation's greatest ever Test victory.

"I came down here a number of times as a player and then as a coach, and hadn't come away with anything," said Townsend. "So this result is definitely up there with the best ever results in our history, and, certainly, myself in my coaching career.

"The players were outstanding in really tricky conditions. It was wet the whole game, really heavy rain in the second-half. So to win in these conditions against a very good side is a fantastic achievement."

Townsend's Scotland have battled through patchy results and performances in pushing beyond the 2019 World Cup, but now the former international fly-half insists his squad are ready to step up and be counted.

"We all enjoyed last year, you learn in defeats, grow as a team in adversity," said Townsend.

"We had moments before and after the World Cup, and that's how we've been shaped as a group of players and coaches.

"It was so good to see the players play so well in the period of Finn Russell's yellow card, and we won that 10 minutes 3-0.

"It wasn't just one way of playing, we had a lot of variety and a lot of maturity in our play."

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