Scotland's Finn Russell out of Ireland game over discipline breach

Carrie Guzman
January 23, 2020

Finn Russell will not play in Scotland's Six Nations opener against Ireland next Saturday after "a breach of team protocol", Scottish Rugby have confirmed.

The Racing 92 stand-off will not play in Scotland's opener against Ireland on February 1 and it is unclear whether he will play at all in the campaign.

However, Rob Robertson, a rugby correspondent for the Scottish Daily Mail, in a social media post, said it involved alcohol. "He left the Scotland camp to return to Paris", Robertson tweeted.

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His potential absence for the entire Six Nations would be a huge blow for Scotland as they look to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup campaign a year ago.

Eddie Jones has stuck with a large proportion of his World Cup heroes, while at the same time taking the opportunity to instill some fresh blood into the ranks - with uncapped players making up more than a quarter of his squad. The then Glasgow Warriors first five-eighth was enrolled with the Lincoln University club, billeted with a family in Christchurch and given a bicycle so he could travel to Rugby Park to train at the IHPU.

The Scotland coach has not closed the door on the former Glasgow star returning to global action but it remains to be seen if Townsend's relationship with his talisman can be repaired.

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