Townsend begs for another chance
October 9, 1999
Out-of-form Gregor Townsend has begged Scotland coach Jim Telfer to let him play in his country's final Group A match against
Spain next week.
The mercurial fly-half, Scotland's most dangerous player on his day, is
still struggling to recapture top form after his recent knee operation and he
admits he has played poorly in Scotland's first two matches.
The 26-year-old British Lion, who plays for French club Brive, knows he
must show a vast improvement if Five Nations champions Scotland are to advance even to the quarter-final stage.
With a play-off looming against either Wales, Samoa or Argentina - who beat the Scots in a warm-up match in August - there are now serious doubts about their ability to sustain a challenge in the tournament.
The clash with Pool A whipping-boys Spain will be the last chance of match action before the knock-out stages.
And, though Telfer initially suggested that he would rest some of his key men next Sunday, Townsend would prefer to continue his search for form.
"I am keen to play in every game," he said. "Hopefully, if I do play
against Spain I will be a bit more active than I was yesterday."