FINN RUSSELL TO MISS JAPAN EXPEDITION

25/03/16 GUINNESS PRO12 GLASGOW WARRIORS v ULSTER SCOTSTOUN Finn Russell in action for Glasgow Warriors.

FINN RUSSELL has be ruled out of Scotland’s summer tour to Japan after clashing heads with team-mate Zander Fagerson in the first minute of Glasgow Warriors’ Pro12 play-off semi-final defeat to Connacht on Saturday evening.

The  stand-off was rushed to University Hospital in Galway on Saturday evening after receiving oxygen on the pitch. He has since been transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin and is expected to be discharged later this week.

“His condition has improved significantly over the last couple of days and it’s been confirmed that he does not require surgery,” said a statement issued by his club yesterday lunchtime.

“Glasgow Warriors would like to thank the Connacht medical team, players and staff for their support. The club would also like to thank the University Hospital in Galway and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin for all their help. Finn and his family really appreciate all the messages of support, with which they have been inundated,” the statement added.

Scotland coach Vern Cotter has yet to reveal whether he plans to replace Russell in the tour party to Japan, or whether he believes he has enough cover in this crucial position. Ruaridh Jackson is the only out-and-out stand-off now in the squad, but centre Peter Horne covered there as recently as in the team’s last two Six Nations outings versus France and Ireland.

Duncan Weir, who replaced Russell on Saturday in what will be his last game for the club before moving to Edinburgh during the summer in order to pick up more game time, is the most obvious candidate if Cotter does decide to bring a player in.

Image courtesy of Scottish Rugby/SNS Group.

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David Barnes
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