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Racingman Finn Russell finally returns to Scotland



The opener of Racing 92 was recalled Monday by Scottish coach Gregor Townsend, nine months after his exclusion from the XV du Chardon.

The quarrel is over. In January, just before the Tournament, Finn Russell was fired from the Scottish selection “for indiscipline”. In question, an evening a little drunk, concluded at the bar of the hotel hosting the XV du Chardon, the remonstrances of the coach Gregor Townsend that the fantastic opening half had not accepted, then leaving the gathering to go to his parents . A behavior which had earned him exclusion for “violation of team protocol”. The player then poured into British media, saying he had no relationship with Townsend after eight years of working with him.

But, already in May, the coach had hinted that he was ready to reconvene him. “The most important thing is to leave the door open for the players. We want everyone to be available. I’m sure Finn is very keen to make himself available for Scotland. ” A few phone calls between the two men had ended up smoothing out the difference.

His performance in the Champions Cup semi-finals was truly convincing

Gregor Townsend, Scotland manager

On Monday, Finn Russell, 28, made his return to the 40-player prelist for the matches of the 2020 Six Nations Tournament and the Fall Cup on the program in October and November. Including a test against the XV of France in Edinburgh on November 22. For, finally, a probable 50e selection for the Racingman who has not donned the tartan collar jersey since the World Cup in Japan in October 2019.

Finn Russell’s remarkable performances in the Champions Cup – of which he will play the final on Saturday against the English Exeter – have finally convinced Gregor Townsend, who said he was satisfied with the form of his opener and expects him to perform “influential When he returns to the team.

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“Our conversations continued over the past few months until just a few days ago,” Townsend said at the press conference on Monday. It’s really nice to see its shape. His performance in the Champions Cup semi-finals was really convincing. And he was decisive at the end of the match. ” The kind of class action that the coach hopes to see again in the jersey of the XV du Chardon.

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