Solomons backs Townsend for top job

Date published: December 26 2015

Edinburgh boss Alan Solomons has backed his Glasgow counterpart Gregor Townsend to lead Scotland in the future.

The two Scottish sides will face off on Sunday in the first leg of the 1872 Cup.

Solomons spoke highly of Townsend's experience of playing overseas being a key asset in his bid to coach the national side in the future after Vern Cotter.

"One advantage that Gregor has is that he has played in various parts of the world. He played in France, he played in England and he played in South Africa, so he even has a Southern Hemisphere influence," Solomons told Daily Record.

"He was an excellent player and that has helped him too. He's an intelligent bloke.

"He's a really good coach and I think that's being recognised now.

"He certainly has the ability to coach Scotland and those decisions will be made by the SRU but he certainly has the ability to one day take on that job."