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Rugby Union: TOONY'S TIME'S UP.


MATT Williams wielded the axe immediately yesterday when he dropped Gregor Townsend - a move which prompted the record cap holder to announce his international retirement.

The 30-year-old Borders back, capped 82 times by Scotland, was left out of the pre-Six Nations squad with Glenn Metcalfe and James McLaren who are also calling time on their country.

Williams said: "I have spoken to Gregor and I have told him that we needed to bring in younger players."

Townsend, who last week claimed he was still undecided about his international future, said: "I feel very lucky and privileged to have had the opportunities I have had in playing for Scotland."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 16, 2003
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