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Gregor Townsend refused to reply questions on his future as Scotland head coach after his crew’s disappointing 31-29 defeat to Italy in Rome.

The Scots’ loss was their first to Italy since 2015 and no different Six Nations facet had misplaced in Rome since 2013.

It comes simply months after a disappointing Rugby World Cup the place they exited on the pool stage.

That has led to questions on Townsend’s future within the job – however he is not having any of it.

“I am not going to reply that query,” he stated. “We’re dissatisfied with the consequence at the moment, however we all know this crew have come on for the reason that World Cup.

“We are able to have a look at this consequence and be actually dissatisfied, however I have been actually pleased with how this crew’s performed in the course of the championship to date.

“I consider on this group. You’ll be able to have a look at outcomes and say: ‘We have misplaced to Italy, this crew aren’t going to take that subsequent step’. Or you may have a look at the place we have grown for the reason that World Cup.

“I nonetheless consider the performances the gamers are placing in can present we are able to beat anyone. But when we take our eye off the ball for a time period, we may be overwhelmed. That is what occurred at the moment.”

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