Gregor Townsend reveals when Finn Russell will be available for Scotland

Scotland boss Gregor Townsend has revealed that fly-half Finn Russell is available for selection once more.

This comes after the talented fly-half was left out of the Six Nations for disciplinary reasons.

Speaking in a conference call, Townsend said: “We talked during the Six Nations and we talked after the Six Nations and we have been in regular contact during lockdown.

“Players and coaches sometimes don’t have relationships that are the same all the way through.

“I suppose it’s like being in a family, you have highs and lows, you have periods when you don’t understand them and they don’t understand you.”

Russell publicly opened up on his difficulties with his former Glasgow head coach during the Six Nations but Townsend gave every indication that the Racing 92 player would be back on the international scene when rugby resumes.

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“The important thing is we leave the door open for players and we make an effort to connect and build relationships with our players,” he said. “We want everybody available to us.

“I’m sure Finn is really keen to be available and playing for Scotland, as are we with him.”


LIST | Top 5 Fallouts Between Players and Coaches

BY Ruaraidh Britton
Just like the sun rises every morning and sets every evening, the Finn Russell and Gregor  Townsend war is rumbling on, with neither side backing down from the fight.

It’s become one of the most prolific fallouts in recent times between a player and a coach, with Scotland’s Six Nations campaign being jeopardised as a result. But how many famous fallouts can you remember off the field?

Here are five times players and coaches locked horns in the public eye. 

“Kick the coaches out”

Toulon’s controversial owner Mourad Boudjellal has never been shy of making his voice heard, but this was one occasion where him rearing his head managed to really kick the cauldron. France had endured a tricky Six Nations in 2019, and were now touring Japan where they would embark on a World Cup run to the quarter finals, where they were eventually eliminated by Wales following a controversial red card.

England were up next for Les Bleus, but a rumoured fallout between captain Guilhem Guirado, and former coach Jacques Brunel in the build up led to Boudjellal’s call to arms for the French players to take action and bring home what would have been a famous World Cup victory. 

“You’re there for your career and for your country. You’re there for French rugby and to try to go as far as possible, to see if you can win this World Cup – but we will only get there if you take control. Japan is a magnificent country to visit. Our coaches who are there, I invite you to treat yourself and leave the players to tell their own stories because for years I’ve not understood the game plan of this France team.

“Something is going wrong, so it’s over to you guys [the players] there are guys in this group who will be major coaches in the future kick the coaches out, take control, because we are ready to follow you.”

It was a damming statement to say the least, but it never mattered in the end, as their final pool game was scrapped following Typhoon Hagibis. Their three wins over Argentina, USA and Tonga had sent them on their way to the knockouts regardless of the result. French fans probably won’t mind a rebellion though, as the 2011 World Cup fallout between coach Marc Lièvremont and this players led them to a final which they eventually lost 8-7 to host nation New Zealand. 

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