Talk of the Toony: The Autobiography of Gregor Townsend

Talk of the Toony: The Autobiography of Gregor Townsend

Gregor Townsend

Gregor Townsend is one in every of rugby’s real greats. the main capped Scotland foreign of all time, a captain of his nation and a profitable British Lions vacationer, Townsend’s time within the online game has spanned continents, cultures and the beginner eras. continuously definitely worth the admission cash, his personal tale offers a different viewpoint on rugby.

The online game of rugby has taken Gregor Townsend from the Scottish border city of Galashiels to the nice enjoying fields of the area: Twickenham, Stade de France, Newlands, Stadium Australia and Eden Park. No present participant provides as entire and aim a standpoint on rugby tradition as Townsend.

‘Frustratingly mercurial,’ says one specialist commentator of Scotland’s such a lot celebrated fly-half. ‘He can empty bars together 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 aspect 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 a number of the largest suits within the recreation – 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 way in which, Townsend recounts his reports of operating along a few of the greats of the area video game – Gavin Hastings, Clive Woodward, Martin Johnson, Jonny Wilkinson, Jim Telfer, Ian McGeechan, and lots of more.

He unearths how a team-mate attempted to cajole the whole Scottish XV to join rival Kerry Packer’s specialist 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 was once blasted for his performances and nearly gave up the game. And he discloses for the 1st time the arguable conditions at the back of his enforced foreign retirement.

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

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