Since the news broke that Scotland’s star flyhalf Finn Russell has been sent home for behavioural issues ahead of their first Six Nations game against Ireland, the Internet has been responding accordingly.
The BBC first reported on Thursday morning that Russell had left camp, after he failed to show up for Monday’s training session following a late-night drinking session at the team hotel which broke team protocol.
Finn Russell allegedly refused to stop drinking at the team hotel on the sunday night, allegedly didn’t turn up for training on the Monday and was axed for the Ireland game because of his alleged behaviour. He left the Scotland camp to return to Paris.
— Rob Robertson (@SDM_Robertson) January 23, 2020
The flyhalf is one of Scotland’s best players and integral to their Six Nations campaign, which sent many disappointed fans online to vent about his upcoming absence. Among the many upset fans were those able to spin humorous takes on the matter.
Sources close to the matter reveal that Finn Russell was disciplined for multiple offences in breach of Scotland team protocol:
1. Breaking the gain line;
2. Running at pace;
3. Making first up tackles; &
4. Bringing a winning mentality.
— Matthew McILwaine (@mattmcilwaine) January 23, 2020
— Cammy Black – Scottish Rugby Podcast (@CammyBlack) January 23, 2020
Definitely think Finn Russell could be an even better player with a few double rum and cokes in him.
— Alex Shaw (@alexshawsport) January 23, 2020
Following the departure yesterday of Finn Russell from the six nations squad, it is looking increasingly likely that the SRU are preparing a bid for Alfredo Morelos!
— scott doc (@supershycelts) January 24, 2020
Sarries: right lads, we're the biggest rugby shock of the week
Finn Russell: hold my beer
— Joshua King ? (@JoshKingWrites) January 23, 2020
Rugby press: "This Saracens story is going to drag on and on and nothing is going to top it in terms of headlines this week"
Finn Russell: "Hold by beer"
Finn Russell: "Actually, can I have that back?"
— alan dooney (@alandooney) January 23, 2020
I’m so depressed. Normally don’t get this feeling until at least 80 mins into Scotlands first Six Nations game
— Greg Shand (@GShandy00) January 23, 2020
— Jonathan Fitzpatrick (@JFitzpatrick92) January 23, 2020
Hearing that Finn Russell did NOT vote for the Conservative Party in last month's election and is therefore not welcome in the team. pic.twitter.com/xNbMqHUAWv
— Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Cup Champions 2020 (@TunnockCup) January 23, 2020
This whole Finn Russell debacle stinks of conspiracy and I would bet all my savings that Pete Horne is behind it
— Jamie (@JamieOReilly15) January 23, 2020
Russell flew back to Paris and turned out for his club side Racing 92 in the Top 14 yesterday, starting in the side’s 27-0 win over Castres.
Following the victory, the team posted a photo of the squad in the changing rooms in which Russell can be seen in the middle with his top off with others pointing at him.
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