The exceptional individual performance of Racing 92 playmaker Finn Russell in Thomond Park this evening has left digital jaws on the metaphorical floor.


Racing drew 21 – 21 with their hosts, but it was arguably the virtuoso turn of their star ten that was stood out in yet another European thriller in Limerick.

After a disappointing Rugby World Cup, the mercurial Scot appeared eager to make-up for any lost reputation with his Parisian colleagues.

The 27-year-old took just eighteen minutes to silence the Thomond Park faithful with an early contender for the try of the season. A perfectly weighted grubber that nutmegged a rapidly approaching Munster defender was regathered and he strolled over to the left of the posts.

It didn’t end there either. A stunning break seven minutes into the second half cut Munster in half and a perfectly timed pass put Argentine flyer Juan Imhoff in under the posts.


Jaws were being picked up off the floor on Twitter:

It’s been a rollercoaster year for the Glasgowegian pivot. He was named Man of the Match in the memorable 38-38 draw against England in the Six Nations earlier this year, a contest in which Scotland rallied from a 31-point deficit.

The Rugby World Cup in Japan did not go to plan however. The Bridge of Allan born flyhalf started in Scotland’s opening round defeat against Ireland at RWC 2019, as well as in their second match against Samoa. He did not feature in the match-day 23 against Russia but did start in their final pool game loss against Japan.


He played in four of Scotland’s five matches at RWC 2015, starting at fly-half in all four, but did not feature in the pool match against South Africa.


Training ramps up a gear as the team hits the gym to complete their final phase of strength work, while the leadership group provides critical analysis of the recent victory against Auckland Grammar.

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