Russell was sensationally left out of the squad for last Saturday’s 19-12 defeat to Ireland in Dublin following a breach of team discipline.
The fly-half subsequently left the Scotland camp and returned to his club, Racing 92.
World Rugby introduced the five second law at the base of the ruck to counteract the rucking conga, yet the problem still exists.https://t.co/TIxuUiCZKj
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) February 3, 2020
The 27-year-old is reported to have spent the Sunday before Scotland’s Six Nations opener drinking in the team hotel, failing to stop when approached by team-mates and members of the Scotland backroom staff.
He is then believed to have declined an offer to stay with the squad after being informed he would be dropped for the Ireland game.
While Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend had left the door open for Russell to return, any potential comeback will have to wait, with Russell once again left out of the squad for this weekend’s game.
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 3, 2020
Adam Hastings started in Russell’s place last weekend, and is listed as one of two out-half options, alongside Weir, for the Calcutta Cup game.
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