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Conflicting reports on Finn Russell's future as English 10 enters ring

By Ian Cameron
Finn Russell of Racing 92 during the Heineken Champions Cup Pool A Round 1 match between Racing 92 and Leinster at Stade Océane in Le Havre, France. (Photo By Harry Murphy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

There are conflicting reports in the UK and French media this week over whether or not Finn Russell will sign for Bath or stay put at Racing 92.

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The 30-year-old fly-half, who has been one of the standout performers in the Top 14 this season, is believed to be on the radar of the English Premiership side as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the new campaign.

The Rugby Paper reported on the weekend that the deal has fallen through, with Russell deciding against joining the Gallagher Premiership strugglers. Meanwhile, Midi Olympique reports that Russell is on the verge of signing for Johann van Graan’s side.

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According to reports Russell’s new offer from Racing 92 was significantly less than his current contract, with the Parisians lining up Exeter Chiefs Joe Simmonds. Simmonds, despite his success with Exeter, has failed to crack the England squad and could now be looking at following Montpellier bound brother Sam Simmonds in switching to France.

All Blacks playmaker Beauden Barrett has also been linked with a move to the Parisian big spenders, who were spanked last weekend by Leinster in the opening round of the Champions Cup in Le Havre.

Born in Glasgow, Russell started his professional career with Glasgow Warriors before making the move to Racing 92 in 2018. Since then, he has established himself as one of the best fly-halves in Europe, showcasing his impressive playmaking abilities and kicking game.

The news of Bath’s interest in Russell made headlines throughout the rugby world, with many fans and pundits alike questioning whether he would be willing to leave the French giants for a move to the Premiership.

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The signing of Russell would be a major coup for Bath, and would undoubtedly bolster their attacking options and help them to compete with the likes of Saracens, Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers at the top of the table.

The next few weeks are set to be crucial in determining Russell’s future, and it remains to be seen whether he will make the move to Bath Rugby. Regardless of what happens, one thing is for certain: Finn Russell is one of the hottest prospects in European rugby, and his signature would be a major boost for any club.

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