Scotland fly-half Finn Russell reportedly turned down offers from two Gallagher Premiership clubs, instead penning a contract extension with Racing 92.
The Scotland playmakers new deal was confirmed by the club this week after the club also announced the additions of Wallabies duo Kurtley Beale and Luke Jones.
According to @TheRugbyPaper both Bath Rugby and Bristol Bears were keen on adding Scotland’s mercurial fly-half Finn Russell to their backline but he is set to stay at Racing 92 on a long term deal where he has really excelled.— John Evely (@JohnEvely_BPost) May 24, 2020
According to The Rugby Paper, both Premiership pair Bath and Bristol Bears held talks with the 46-cap international over a proposed move.
The Black, Blue and Whites were particularly disappointed to miss out, having identified the playmaker as a long-term target.
However, a huge pay-rise from the Parisians convinced the fly-half to stay with Russell now reportedly earning £850,000 per season for the next three years, which makes him the highest-paid British rugby player.
Russell was omitted from Scotland’s Six Nations squad after “breaching team protocol” ahead of their tournament opener against Ireland.
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Speaking on the Will Greenwood Podcast, the Racing 92 back says that his relationship with Townsend has actually improved since the incident and they are both learning to interact with each other in a positive way.
“”Hopefully in the future, it will be a different relationship and the way we interact with each other should be very good. He sent over some stuff for me to watch and have a think about for us to do when we are back in camp, and general things too about lockdown.”
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with the England centre’s appearances for club Leicester and country sporadic through a variety of ailments.