Finn Russell will be released to play for Scotland against France

Finn Russell will be released to play for Scotland against France

Racing 92 will release Finn Russell for Scotland’s revamped Six Nations game against France on Friday.

Finn Russell will be available to play for Scotland against France.

The match takes place outside the international window and the clubs are not obliged to make their players available.

But Racing have confirmed that they are ready to let Russell play.

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“Yes, he will be released,” Racing rugby director Laurent Travers told French news agency AFP.
Russell suffered a blow to the head in last weekend’s loss to Ireland at Murrayfield, excluding him from this weekend’s home game against Italy. However, he should be fit to face France in Paris and the availability of the team’s creative hub is a major boost for coach Gregor Townsend.
There is less certainty over the exit of England’s Scotland-based players, although there was a loophole on Friday when Worcester Warriors announced they would be ready to make Cornell du Preez available for the game against France as long as “It is on the same financial terms as the English players are made available to the RFU”.
Stuart Hogg, the Scottish captain, said he remained in the dark about his own availability.
“We just have to let the powers that be make the decisions,” said the Exeter Chiefs full-back. “All I’m focusing on is playing against the Italians.”
The France-Scotland match was originally scheduled to be played on February 28, but was postponed three days in advance due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the French camp.
The modified date was not confirmed until Thursday evening.

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