Gregor Townsend is excited to get off to a flying start with Scotland as he prepares for his first game in charge of the team after taking over from Vern Cotter. Scotland will take on Italy in Singapore in Gregor Townsend’s first match as national head coach.

Townsend, who replaces the departing Vern Cotter in May, will lead the side on their three-match tour in June.

After the Italy game, which will be the first tier one international played in Singapore, Scotland face Australia in Sydney and Fiji in Suva.

Cotter stepped down at the end of the RBS 6 Nations in which Scotland finished fourth with three home wins – the first time they had achieved that in the Championship.

That left Cotter as the most successful ever Scottish coach in terms of win percentage so the task awaiting Townsend is a big one.

However the current Glasgow Warriors head coach has enjoyed plenty of success at club level, having led his side to the Guinness PRO12 title, and he will take charge of Scotland for the first time against Italy in Singapore on June 10.

It will be a first tier one international to be played in Singapore, and will be a rematch of the final game of the RBS 6 Nations in which the Scots beat the Azzurri 29-0.

Townsend is understandably thrilled about the opportunity, with further Tests against Fiji and Australia to follow.

He said: “We’re pleased to confirm our 2017 summer tour will take us to Singapore, Sydney and Suva, where our players will relish the challenges presented by tough opposition, travel and climate in a concentrated and intense period of rugby.

“Touring builds strong bonds in a group and, in addition our preparation camp, this time together will be invaluable for our new coaching team as we strive to further improve the squad’’, he further added.



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