Scotland star Russell sent home for discipline breach

Yolanda Curtis
January 24, 2020

In May 2017, Russell's father Keith was sacked from his role as director of domestic rugby at the SRU, and the following summer won an unfair dismissal claim against the union, in which the judge's ruling was scathing of chief executive Mark Dodson.

Russell has returned to France and his participation in the rest of the tournament remains in doubt, after he was told he would not be selected in the squad for their opening game against Ireland on February 1 after he ignored requests to cease drinking alcohol at the hotel bar after joining up with his global team-mates.

"Finn Russell allegedly refused to stop drinking at the team hotel on the Sunday night, allegedly didn't turn up for training on the Monday and was axed for the Ireland game because of his alleged behaviour".

Russell had already played under Townsend when the latter was in charge of Glasgow Warriors before taking over the Scotland role.

It was unclear whether the 27-year-old would feature in the rest of the campaign. "He has returned to his club", a Scotland spokesman said in a statement.

Earlier during last year's Six Nations 38-38 draw against England, Scotland were trailing 31-7 during the first half but made a remarkable second half comeback scoring 31 points and Russell told the argument with Townsend helped them in the turnaround.

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