FINN RUSSELL has been called into Scotland’s Autumn Test Series training squad ahead of Sunday’s clash against New Zealand at Murrayfield as a replacement for Adam Hastings, who has returned to his club after suffering whiplash and a knee injury during last Saturday’s victory over Fiji.
63-times capped Russell was a shock omission from Gregor Townsend’s initial training squad for the series, with the head coach stating that the decision to select of Hasting, Blair Kinghorn and Ross Thompson ahead of the 30-year-old was based on form.
Townsend and Russell have a turbulent history and this felt like a spurious claim at the time. Since then, Russell has produced three outstanding performances for Racing 92 in the French Top 14.
Meanwhile, hooker George Turner, who was replaced during the first half of Saturday’s match with a shoulder injury, remains with the team as preparations continue for Sunday’s game against the All Blacks.