Finn Russell is OMITTED from Scotland’s squad for next month’s autumn internationals

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Finn Russell is EXCLUDED from Scotland’s roster for next month’s autumn internationals in a surprise call from head coach Gregor Townsend – with Blair Kinghorn likely to start at fly-half

  • Finn Russell will reportedly be left out of Scotland’s autumn internationals
  • Russell is not available for Australia as the match falls out of the test window
  • Racing 92’s fly-half will likely also miss Fiji, New Zealand and Argentina

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Racing 92 fly-half Finn Russell has been left out of the Scottish squad for the Autumn Nations Series.

Blair Kinghorn, Adam Hastings and Ross Thompson have all been chosen for the British and Irish Lions international.

Australian international Jack Dempsey has been called up after switching loyalties, while his uncapped Glasgow team-mate Stafford McDowall has also been included in Gregor Townsend’s roster.

Finn Russell will reportedly be left out of Scotland's roster for the Autumn Internationals

Finn Russell will reportedly be left out of Scotland’s roster for the Autumn Internationals

Russell has been in an up and down relationship with Gregor Townend, but this will come as a shock

Russell has been in an up and down relationship with Gregor Townend, but this will come as a shock

Russell has been in an up and down relationship with Gregor Townend, but this will come as a shock

Edinburgh forward Jamie Ritchie has been named captain for the games against Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Argentina at BT Murrayfield.

Russell has been the main fly-half for his country since 2014, winning 62 caps.

However, he has had an erratic relationship with Townsend and was excluded from the roster for the 2020 Six Nations, an alleged late drinking session at a team hotel. He then publicly criticized the coach’s methods.

Having reconciled, the 30-year-old missed this year’s Scottish Six Nations final with Ireland after being one of six players to have broken team protocols in the wake of their win in Italy.

It’s clear that the British and Irish Lions trio of Russell, Stuart Hogg and Ali Price, as well as Sione Tuipulotu, Darcy Graham and Sam Johnson, incurred the ire of the team management after they left the team hotel to go to a bar in Edinburgh. to go after their return from Rome.

Russell was then outfitted along with several other leading players for Scotland’s summer tour of Argentina.

Edinburgh's Blair Kinghorn will likely get the nod to play number 10 next month in the absence of Russell

Edinburgh's Blair Kinghorn will likely get the nod to play number 10 next month in the absence of Russell

Edinburgh’s Blair Kinghorn will likely get the nod to play number 10 next month in the absence of Russell