|GREGOR TOWNSEND (The Borders). Stand-off/centre/full-back. Born 26.4.73 in Edinburgh. 6ft, 14st 5lbs. Gregor Peter John Townsend became Scotland’s most capped player (66 caps) when he played against Wales at the end of the 2002 Lloyds TSB Six Nations Championship. Earlier in the tournament he scored his 16th try for Scotland in the 29-12 victory against Italy. He extended his cap record when he appeared as a substitute against Romania in the first Scottish Mutual Autumn Test of 2002. Townsend became the 12th Scot to reach the landmark of 50 caps when he appeared against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in March 2000, an occasion he also marked with a try. Then, in November 2000, when he took on the Scotland place-kicking duties for the first time, he set a new individual points record for a Scot in a Murrayfield Test match with 33 points in the win against the USA. That haul saw him become the eighth Scot to surpass 100 points for his country. He went on the 2000 summer tour to New Zealand, playing in four of the matches, notching the first try of the tour against New Zealand Vikings and kicking two conversions and two penalties in the draw against Nelson Bays. In season 1998-99 he became only the second Scot to run in a try in each Five Nations Championship match in a season, matching Johnnie Wallace’s record in the 1925 Grand Slam. Townsend, who also scored a try in the 1999 game against Italy, had started the first match of that championship series at centre but finished that game against Wales in superlative form at stand-off and retained that place for the rest of the international season. He was awarded the MBE in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to rugby. He has started 40 internationals at stand-off and 23 at centre as well as winning four replacement caps. He was omitted from the starting line-up for the Test against South Africa in November, 1998, but when Derrick Lee was injured Townsend was introduced at full-back, the position in which he was retained for the World Cup qualifying games against Portugal and Spain. He was stand-off for the British Lions in their two winning Tests in South Africa in 1997. He has captained Scotland four times, first against Wanganui in the opening game of the 1996 tour of New Zealand and then during the 1996-97 season against the Barbarians, Australia and Italy. A product of Galashiels Academy, Townsend toured Australia with Scotland in 1992 and won his first cap a year later as a replacement for Craig Chalmers against England at Twickenham. A member of Scotland's squad at the 1993 World Cup Sevens, Townsend has twice enjoyed spells in Australian club rugby with the Warringah club in Sydney, his second after he had missed out on the 1995 World Cup in South Africa because of a knee injury. A graduate of history and politics from Edinburgh University, Townsend left Northampton in 1998 to join the French club, Brive, moving on to another French club, Castres, at the start of season 2000/2001. This season he has returned to play his rugby in Scotland with The Borders.
International record: 74 caps. 1993 - E(rep). 1994 - W E I F Arg1 Arg2. 1995 - C I F W E WS. 1996 - I F W E NZ1 NZ2 A It. 1997 - W E I F A SA. 1998 - It I F W E Fj A1 A2 SA(rep). 1999 - W E It I F WC(SA U Sp(rep) Sam NZ). 2000 - It I F W E NZ1 NZ2 USA A Sam. 2001 - F It I Arg NZ. 2002 - E It I F W R (rep) SA (rep) Fj. 2003 - I F W E It. Points: 157 - 16 tries, 14 penalties, 7 conversions, 7-drop goals.
Flyhalf for Borders in Parker Pen Shield and Scotland Squad 2002/3
Scotland Six Nations 2003 - Centre
Scotland Vodacom Incoming Tours 2003 - Flyhalf
Scotland Springbok Outgoing Tour 2002 - Flyhalf
Scotland Rugby World Cup 1999 - Flyhalf
Scotland SA to UK and Ireland 1998 - Flyhalf
Lions to South Africa 1997 - Flyhalf
Scotland SA to Europe 1997 - Flyhalf |