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Scotland's Russell ruled out of Ireland game after breaking 'team protocol'

The mercurial 27-year-old out-half has been sent back to his club side, Racing 92.

SCOTLAND OUT-HALF Finn Russell will not play against Ireland in their Six Nations opener in two weekends’ time after being disciplined for breaking a “team protocol”.

The disciplinary breach occurred during Scotland’s pre-Six Nations camp in Edinburgh, according to the Scottish Rugby Union.

Russell has been sent back to his club side, Racing 92.

bundee-aki-and-finn-russell Russell has been sent back to Racing 92. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

It is a major blow for Gregor Townsend’s side so close to their clash with Ireland, with 27-year-old Russell a central figure for the Scots at out-half. 

In his absence, Glasgow playmaker Adam Hastings is set to wear Scotland’s number 10 shirt.

“Stand-off Finn Russell will play no further part in preparations for Scotland’s Six Nations opener against Ireland, having been disciplined for a breach of team protocol during the week’s camp in Edinburgh. He has returned to his club,” reads the brief statement from a Scotland team spokesperson.

Bernard Jackman joins Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey to discuss the ever-greying Saracens saga and pick his personal Ireland XV to face Scotland

Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud

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