Finn Russell scores the first drop-goal of his career with weaker foot, he almost missed - Ruck

Finn Russell scores the first drop-goal of his career with weaker foot, he almost missed

Finn Russell showcased his versatility by nailing his maiden drop-goal with his non-dominant foot during Bath’s commanding 42-24 triumph over Sale Sharks in the Gallagher Premiership.

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The Scottish maestro contributed a hefty 17 points to Bath’s victorious tally, propelling them to the coveted second spot in the Premiership standings.

In a tightly contested battle, both teams were neck and neck until the 60th minute, with tries from Matt Gallagher and a brace from Joe Cokanasiga leveling the playing field for Bath, while Sale retaliated with Manu Tuilagi, Tom Roebuck, and Sam Dugdale finding the try line.

However, it was Russell’s composed execution of a penalty and a drop-goal that ultimately shattered the deadlock in Bath’s favor.

Tom Dunn’s try not only secured the bonus point but also underscored Bath’s dominance, with Ollie Lawrence adding insult to injury with a fifth try as they soared past Saracens in the Premiership standings.

“Re-imagination” – England handed easy pool for 2027 Rugby World Cup

The new format will feature six pools of four teams, with a round of 16 added prior to the quarter-finals.

This will enable the tournament window to be reduced from seven to six weeks, while promoting a rhythm that builds momentum across the pool phase and respects the same minimum number of rest days between matches as at France 2023.

If the 2027 Rugby World Cup Draw was made tomorrow, this is what the Pools may look like (based on rankings)

2027 Rugby World Cup draw (Current rankings)


  • South Africa
  • Japan
  • Georgia
  • Hong Kong
Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa celebrates after the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade De France, Paris on 29 October 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)


  • Ireland
  • Fiji
  • Samoa
  • Chile
James Lowe of Ireland during the Autumn Nations Cup match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on November 21 2020. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK