Scotland drop flyhalf Russell for disciplinary reasons

Ruben Fields
January 24, 2020

"He left the Scotland camp to return to Paris", Robertson tweeted.

Adam Hastings is now nearly certain to wear the Scotland No 10 jersey in Dublin, but coach Gregor Townsend may look for reinforcements with no other regular pivots in his squad.

The 27-year-old Russell, who plays for French club Racing 92, is one appearance away from 50 internationals. "He has returned to his club".

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.

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The news was confirmed by a statement released by the Scottish Rugby Union.

Townsend will have to look for reinforcements to the 38-man squad he named last week as they prepare to head to Spain for a training camp ahead of the Ireland clash.

It's undoubtedly a massive blow to Scotland's Six Nations hopes just nine days before they kick off their campaign against Ireland in Dublin.

Glasgow's Pete Horne was a notable omission from the original squad, while Duncan Weir is playing regularly for Worcester, having not represented his country since 2017.

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