Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour have paid tribute to outgoing Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Gregor Townsend.
The side were disappointed not to give him a win in his last match, losing out to Edinburgh Rugby on Saturday, but they still lifted the 1872 Scottish Cup on aggregate.
And in the match programme, Hogg and Seymour, who will both be heading off on the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in the coming weeks, talked about what he had done for the club.
“When Gregor came in as Head Coach in 2012 a lot of the players already knew him and I had worked with him a bit. He is a very personable guy too, so the squad quickly felt at ease with him and got down to work,” Hogg said.
“As an outside back who likes to try things and is keen to find space and create chances I thought working with someone like Gregor, who had played that was his self, would help bring me on and I was not wrong.
“He gives confidence to players out on the training pitch because he gives you the freedom to play and to make mistakes. He is very structured when he needs to be, but he likes to get his flair players into the game and I like that.
“Over the last five years we have had some amazing times under Gregor and the club has just grown and grown from where it was even in that short space of time.
“Although there have been a lot of changes in that time with a lot of good players coming and going the core of the side has remained and a lot of us have really grown up as rugby players together while Gregor has kept us working hard and striving to be the best we can be.
“The highlight was obviously winning the title in 2015, but in general just the way the club has grown on and off the field under Gregor has been impressive.
“Of course a lot of people make a club what it is, but the Head Coach sets the tone and in that respect he has been very important.”
And Seymour added: ““Guys like Gregor and other coaches have been great for me because they have given me opportunities and belief.
“Gregor is a very personable guy and his man management skills are excellent so you can always speak to him about anything and he is always trying to help you add that bit of ‘edge’ to your game.
“When I had to leave Ulster at a young age because I was surplus to requirements you have doubts in your head, but coming to Glasgow has changed things for me.
“I love being around this club so much and Gregor has played a big part in my time here, but things change and we are soon to enter an exciting new era.
“The good thing about the Warriors and our ethos is that, although people will come and go, the team spirit around here means that we can always regroup and go again.”
Glasgow are pictured with the 1872 Scottish Cup after their aggregate win by David Gibson/FOTOSPORT
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