Glasgow Warriors boss Gregor Towsend has ruled himself out of running for vacant Scotland job

Last Updated: 29/11/12 9:36pm

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Gregor Townsend has dismissed speculation linking him with the vacant Scotland job by insisting he is fully focused on his role at Glasgow Warriors.

Andy Robinson resigned as Scotland boss on Sunday following the 21-15 loss to Tonga, the national team's 10th defeat in 13 matches, and Townsend worked alongside him as attack coach until the end of the Six Nations.

But Townsend is not setting his sights on the top job just yet as he aims to succeed at club level first after being appointed as Warriors head coach in the summer.

"My focus is firmly on Glasgow Warriors. I know I have a lot of work to do to improve as a coach. I'm enjoying this opportunity and I'll give it as much as I can to make the team successful."
Gregor Townsend

"My focus is firmly on Glasgow Warriors. I know I have a lot of work to do to improve as a coach," he said. "I'm enjoying this opportunity and I'll give it as much as I can to make the team successful.

"I spoke to Andy on Sunday and he is comfortable with his decision and keen to get back into coaching.

"I worked with him for three years and learned so much from him. He's a fantastic coach and I know he put everything into the job with Scotland."

Townsend was replaced in the Scotland set-up by Scott Johnson, who could succeed Robinson as interim head coach, and the Glasgow boss still believes the team has plenty of potential.

"It's disappointing that we were not able to kick on from the summer tour, but we are not far away," he said.

"We have some very good rugby players, but we have not been able to produce an 80-minute performance this autumn.

"We've been close to getting it right for a while. I was involved at the World Cup and we had two defeats in the last two or three minutes of games, against Argentina and England.

"We've been competitive, but we've not had the run of results the team is capable of. Whoever takes over will inherit a hard-working bunch of players that are desperate for success."

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