FINN RUSSELL has been ruled out of Scotland’s Six Nations clash against France in Paris this coming Saturday following a head injury sustained playing club rugby for Racing 92 against Toulouse on Sunday past.
“The 26-year-old playmaker has not satisfied the requirements of today’s component of the graduated return to play protocol – two days on from sustaining the injury in Racing 92’s TOP 14 clash with Toulouse – meaning there is insufficient time for him to be considered for this weekend’s action,” said a statement issued by Scottish Rugby this morning [Tuesday].
Russell, who will now return to the care of his club’s medical team, is the latest in a raft of leading Scotland players to be ruled out of action through injury in recent weeks, including Stuart Hogg, Huw Jones, Ryan Wilson, WP Nel, Sam Skinner, George Horne and Hamish Watson. This is on top of longer term injury victims such as John Barclay, Blade Thomson, Dave Denton and Duncan Taylor.
Scotland have been boosted this week by the return to fitness of Magnus Bradbury, Zander Fagerson and George Turner.