Finn Russell and Scotland coach Gregor Townsend reconcile… but fly-half will NOT feature in final two Six Nations matches
- Finn Russell will not feature for Scotland in the games against France and Wales
- The fly-half was stood down from the squad after breaching team protocols
- But he has made his peace with Gregor Townsend and will return in the summer
- Scotland have won just one of their opening three games in the Six Nations
Finn Russell and Gregor Townsend have made their peace at last – but the stand-off will not return to the Scotland squad until after the Six Nations.
Following a number of positive telephone conversations between the pair – two last Sunday and another last Tuesday – it was agreed that the Racing 92 playmaker will return to the fold.
However, Russell will not feature in the remaining games, against France at BT Murrayfield on Sunday and Wales in Cardiff on March 14, as it is feared his arrival would detract from preparations for two games only six days apart.
Gregor Townsend (L) has made his peace with Scotland fly-half Finn Russell this week
He will instead help Townsend plot the downfall of Les Bleus, with the 27-year-old former Glasgow Warriors star agreeing to go on a conference call from his home in Paris with the head coach and his staff on Monday to pass on his inside knowledge of the French team.
He will be expected to make his playing comeback against world champions South Africa in Cape Town in July, regardless of whether Townsend is still in charge or not.
Russell was stood down for the first three games of this year’s Six Nations after he breached team protocols.
He was sanctioned by Townsend after missing a training session ahead of the opening match with Ireland in Dublin on the back of a late-night drinking session.
Russell was stood down for the first three games after he breached team protocols
Russell later claimed in a newspaper interview that the fall-out ran a lot deeper than him enjoying ‘a couple of beers’ at the team hotel and indicated that he did not have a good working relationship with the head coach.
Townsend subsequently warned Russell that he would have to make the same ‘sacrifices’ as every other Scotland player or be banished from the squad for the duration of the Six Nations.
Scotland lost their opening two games, against Ireland and England, with their only victory so far coming against Italy in Rome last month.
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