Scotland’s hopes of a strong start to the Six Nations have been dealt a serious blow after Finn Russell was sent back to his club for breaking disciplinary rules.
The fly-half is a key part of Gregor Townsend’s squad but Scottish Rugby announced on Thursday that he will play no part in the tournament opener against Ireland.
In a brief statement on social media, a Scottish Rugby spokesperson said:
“Stand-off Finn Russell will play no further part in preparations for Scotland’s Six Nations opener against Ireland, having been disciplined for a breach of team protocol during the week’s camp in Edinburgh. He has returned to his club.”
The Racing 92 player has earned 46 caps since making his debut in 2014.