Townsend came through the ranks of Gala RFC, winning a full cap for Scotland in 1993 before a move to Northampton Saints in 1995.
He bounced to France and joined Top 14 side, Brive and Castres in 1998 and 2000, respectively.
Townsend hung his playing boots and took to coaching, taking on the Backs Coach role for the Scotland national team in 2009.
He led Glasgow Warriors for four years, reaching the Guinness PRO12 play-offs every season, culminating in the team winning the title in 2015.
In August 2016, it was announced that Townsend would take charge of the Scotland national team in June 2017 after Vern Cotter's contract expires.
Since joining the national team, Scotland have averaged four tries a Test in the summer of 2017, with the historic home and away wins over Australia and 2018 Six Nations victory over England among the notable highlights that helped Scotland finish third in the 2018 Six Nations.
In July 2018, Townsend extended his contract with the national team until 2021.
(LS July 31, 2018)
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