Finn Russell confirms that his test exile will come to an end

Finn Russell confirms that his test exile will come to an end

Scotland playmaker Finn Russell is set to return for the national side ahead of the tour to South Africa in July.

Scotland are scheduled to play two Tests in South Africa and one in New Zealand but the tour remains in doubt due to the global pandemic. The flyhalf insists that Six Nations fallout with head coach was “blown out of proportion” after he was left out the squad just nine days before the opening-day Six Nations defeat to Ireland after missing training following an alleged drinking session at the team hotel.

“We have been in contact, which has been good,” Russell said in an interview with BT Sport’s Rugby Today.

“The stuff in the Six Nations is done now, I’m not looking at that and thinking we need to look back, it is just how can we move forward and how can we get better as a team?

“I have been chatting to Gregor the last couple of weeks, not as player-coach but just as a chat in terms of ‘how you getting on? What you doing in isolation? What you been up to?’

“For me and Gregor it’s a case of how can our relationship grow and how can we move forward?

“It was up and down during the Six Nations but I think we are both going to move forward in terms of progressing, which is great.

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Finn Russell insists that the fallout with head coach Gregor Townsend was “blown out of proportion”

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"There wasn't a massive fallout, I think things were blown out of proportion a bit which happens in the media"

If the tour to South Africa and New Zealand does go ahead as planned, Russell has his sights set on being back in the fold.

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