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Townsend appointed Warriors head coach as Lineen joins SRU

Sean Lineen has left his position as head coach of Glasgow Warriors to assume a scouting position at the SRU and is being replaced by current Scotland backs coach Gregor Townsend.

The 29-capped former Scotland international, who had huge success at the Warriors, is to assist in scouting Scottish talent across the globe and help to reshape the development of young players.

Townsend moves to Glasgow on the back of another unsuccessful Scottish Six Nations campaign, with speculation having been rife he was to be axed. However he has received  full backing from the SRU’s Director of Performance Graham Lowe and Andy Robinson.

Lineen will be missed be Glasgow fans, having guided them from perennial league strugglers to a third place finish in his fifth season.  The coach is also saddened to be leaving the club, “I had an opportunity nine years ago to move from club rugby to the professional game and I have loved every minute of it.

“Seven years as head coach is more than some people get and I will support Gregor and help make it as smooth a transition as possible for him and the squad and staff we have here.”

However Townsend’s appointment will anger many club-level coaches who believe they have been overlooked once again by the SRU in favour of former professionals.

The Warriors currently sit in fourth position in the RaboDirect PRO12 with five games to go, with Lineen remaining in charge for the club’s forthcoming fixtures.

Fiji must try without big names.

Scotland take on Fiji at Murrayfield tomorrow in  Andy Robinson’s first game in charge as national coach, although the visitors will be without several first choice players.

The club versus country row, synonymous with football, has reared its head within the oval game, with clubs refusing to release their Fijian internationals for the game.

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Unavailable: Isa Nacewa

Several British and Irish based players are unavailable for Fiji. Isa Nacewa of Leinster and Saracens’ Kameli Ratuvou have not travelled to Edinburgh, whilst Ulster winger Timoci Nagusa remains in Fiji on holiday with his pregnant wife.

Other less established squad members have remained in New Zealand due to NPC Cup commitments. Ulster and Leisnter would not comment on why the players were not being released.

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Kameli Ratuvou

With international football matches taking place across the globe this weekend, conflict between clubs and national associations was bound to be an issue, although it is an argument that is perhaps not often associated with rugby.

The International Rugby Board introduced new regulations on player availability at the beginning of this year.

The designated global release periods include the November international period, which applies to both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Fiji coach Glen Ella believes the regulations are not being applied across the board. He told the Scotsman: “All Test rugby nations should be treated equally and you can see the lower-level nations are not and it’s just not good enough.

“We have a regulation in IRB law and it’s still not being enforced. We understand the clubs pay their wages, but we’re only asking for three weeks a year.”

The absence of several of Fiji’s top players could be seen as a boost for Scotland, although Neil Hunter from the Forum of Scottish Rugby Supporters would rather see a full strength Fijian line-up.

He said: “If anything I’m sympathetic to Fiji. Having done so well at the last World Cup and to battle their way up the rankings above Scotland, it’s a problem that they now can’t field their best players, and its a problem the IRB has to deal with.”