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Russell recalled by Scotland ahead of All Blacks

Russell recalled by Scotland ahead of All Blacks

Finn Russell

Finn Russell has been recalled by Scotland as they prepare to take on New Zealand in their third match of the Autumn Nations Series.

The Racing 92 fly-half had been omitted from the initial squad by coach Gregor Townsend, with Blair Kinghorn, Adam Hastings and Ross Thompson the three fly-halves selected.

Kinghorn started the first game of the tour against Australia – played outside the Test window and therefore ruling out Hastings or Russell – with Hastings then stepping into the breach against Fiji on Saturday.

The Gloucester fly-half impressed with a try shortly before half-time in the 28-12 victory, but was forced off early in the second half after a powerful tackle by Fijian debutant Ratu Rotuisolia.

With concerns over both a head injury and a knee issue, Hastings has returned to his club side, with Russell brought into the squad in his stead.

Since his omission, Russell has been in flying form in France, helping Racing 92 to three straight wins over Montpellier, Brive and Perpignan, contributing 16 points off the bench in the third of those to swing the game.

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Townsend had previously cited Russell’s form as the reason he was left out of the squad, but with Hastings absent and Russell clearly absolutely flying, he has returned to the squad.

There was good news regarding hooker George Turner, who was forced off early in the game through injury. He will remain with the squad as he continues his recovery, hinting that he could yet feature again this November, with Scotland due to face the All Blacks and Argentina.

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