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Townsend ‘delighted’as Cam Redpath pledges allegiance to Scotland

Gregor Townsend
Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend - - pic © Alastair Ross / Novantae Photography

Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend expressed his delight at naming in-form Bath centre Cam Redpath in his 2021 Guinness Six Nations squad.

Redpath, son of ex-Scotland captain Bryan, was courted by England and was even named in a summer tour squad by Eddie Jones, but was forced to withdraw from the 2018 trip to South Africa due to injury.

Now, he’s followed in the footsteps of Gary Graham and pledged his allegiance to the country his father represented on 60 occasions.

Townsend said: “We are obviously delighted to be able to announce Cam in the squad.”

‘He’s an excellent player’

The Scotland coach added that conversations with Redpath have been ongoing for “a wee while”, adding: “We offered him the chance to be in our squad in the autumn but he felt it wasn’t the right time. Now he has come to a decision and he has chosen Scotland.

“He is an excellent player. He has played regularly for Bath this season and he has a lot more to bring, a lot more growth in this game over the next few years. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Townsend also revealed it was not a ‘hard sell’ by him, or Scottish Rugby, to convince the 21-year-old.

“He came to the decision on his own,” Townsend said in a Zoom call this afternoon.

“His dad obviously played for Scotland, captained Scotland so I imagine the family will be really proud. But it was Cam’s decision.

“I’ve seen him play since he came through as an 18-year-old. I’ve chatted to him about his game on and off over the last few years.

“Since the summer he started to play a bit more regularly and we have chatted more about the opportunity to play for Scotland.

“I imagine it has been a tough decision for him over the weeks and months but we are delighted he has come to this decision and he is looking forward to camp and we are looking forward to working with him.

Decision-making – on and off the pitch

Redpath will compete with James Lang and and Duncan Taylor for the number 12 jersey, and Townsend is looking forward to working with the former England age-grade cap.

“He’s a bright lad, a mature lad – he’s already in the leadership group at Bath – and he’s made up his own mind.

“We certainly appreciate and value players who are decision makers, are highly skilled, are competitive and who can lead, and Cam is one of those players.”

Asked about what role dad Bryan will have made in the decision-making process, Townsend added: “He’s fortunate in that he’s got a father who knows international rugby and coached Scotland Under-20s a couple of years ago so is still very close to the modern game.

“So, he can ask advice on things on Scotland around the camp and the type of rugby we look to play, but I imagine he’s made that assessment himself.”

Townsend also revealed Redpath is also unaffected by the COVID-19 outbreak that has affected Bath this week.

“He is one of the players who does not need to isolate and nor has he picked up the virus.

“We will monitor that and I’m sure there will be further testing there this week and we will cross our fingers that he will be able to join us on Sunday like everyone else.”

10 Responses

  1. Interesting article! Sounds like Toony sees him as a potential future captain. At just 21 could have a good decade in front of him in the Scotland team if he stays fit and keeps improving.

    Not sure I see James Lang as the main competition for him. A fully fit Duncan Taylor is the main competition in the short term although he is nearer the end of his career. A fully fit and in form Johnson would come back in to the reckoning.

    I expect we will get a Taylor / Harris midfield for England but Redpath / Jones combo would be much more of a spectacle.

  2. What is Bryan Redpath doing, will that block any potential of having him as our national coach.

    1. Didn’t he retire from coaching to go into business? I vaguely remember somethings along those lines

  3. It’s a ploy by Eddie Jones, who will infect Redpath with Covid 19 (it’s a virus that’s doing the rounds) before sending him north. Covid will take out the entire (fairly decent looking) first 23 and we’ll be left fielding the under 21s.
    Redpath won’t be capped due to his Covid, but instead Jones will bring him back into the Engerland fold for 2022, where he lines up at Twickers against Scotland and scores a hattrick.

    1. Except in 2022 we will be at the Murrayfield , as we are in the beast’s back garden on the 6th

  4. It doesn’t sit right with me. Redpath wanted to play for England and has finally said yes to Scotland as he can’t get in their side. So I’d have more respect if he just said that rather than the ‘I wasn’t ready for international rugby at the time’ pish. That and the superior Hutchinson was great again at the weekend.

  5. Thinking about Scottish props I’m wondering if Keeble’s shift to tighthead is going to be a permanent thing.
    With Bhatti signing for Glasgow again and Zander possibly moving on next contract it would make sense.
    Nel is nearing the end for Scotland and there are questions about Bergan’s scrummaging at international level.
    At with Schoeman’s qualifications imminent??

    Tighead is in my opinion the one area lacking depth for Scotland.

    1. I agree 100% and I hope Kebble does transition to tighthead. If he doesn’t then we are 1 injury from having Darcy Rae in a matchday squad once Nel retires (end of this 6N maybe?)

      Rae isn’t good enough and I’ve also given up on McCallum and Nicol reaching the level we require as they can’t even get minutes at club level.

      If/when Kebble switches to TH our 4 matchday props can be Sutherland, Schoeman, Fagerson, Kebble. All excellent props and all have at least 4yrs left at the top of their game.

      1. Just reread Scrummo’s article from March as that was promising stuff but reality in this weird last year seems a bit different. Fagerson undoubtedly class, Nel is looking close to retirement and Berghan hasn’t really progressed in technique IMO. See that Owlett has moved to Worcester presumably to get more game time; hope it works out for him and possibly Scotland too as we need a quality back-up urgently. Not convinced Rae, McCallum or Nicol are international standard – real shame about McCallum after a promising start – so a real area of concern. Turner, Cherry and Ashman are 3rd, 4th & 5th pick hookers (you can argue over the order of 4 & 5th spots) demonstrating some reasonable depth which we just don’t have at TH. We even have 4 FHs now which is fantastic given recent history at that position

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