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Finn Russell (born 23 September 1992) is a Scottish rugby union player who can play stand-off or centre, and currently plays for French side Racing 92.

Finn Russell
Finn Russell 2017.jpg
Russell in 2017
Date of birth (1992-09-23) 23 September 1992 (age 26)
Place of birthBridge of Allan, Scotland
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight87 kg (13 st 10 lb; 192 lb)
SchoolWallace High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Stand-off / Centre
Current team Racing 92
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Stirling County
Lincoln University, NZ
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Glasgow Warriors
Racing 92
Correct as of 17 March 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Scotland U20
British and Irish Lions
Correct as of 17 March 2019


Amateur careerEdit

In 2013, he received the John Macphail Scholarship, spending 15 weeks in New Zealand's South Island playing for local clubs in the Christchurch area. He benefited from the state-of-the art facilities and specialist coaching offered by the Canterbury Rugby Football Union international high performance unit.[1]

He was selected to play for Ayr after the IRB Championship tournament, helping them win the league and cup double in the 2012–13 season of the Scottish Premiership.[2]

Russell was drafted to Ayr in the Scottish Premiership for the 2017–18 season.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Russell, was first picked up by Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend in the summer of 2012, after impressing for Falkirk and the Scotland U20's in the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa.

With Glasgow's top players away on international duty for the 2013 Six Nations Championship, Russell was named on the bench to face Zebre on 10 February 2013 as part of the 2012–13 Pro12 season, coming onto the field and making his professional debut at the 56th minute of the game. During the 2013–14 Pro12 season, Russell made his first start at the club, starting at Inside Centre against the Newport Gwent Dragons at Scotstoun Stadium on 22 November 2013. Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Gregor Townsend offered Russell a full-time contract with the club that began in the 2014–15 season.[4]

2014–15 also saw Russell play a prominent role in Glasgow Warriors' Pro12 title triumph. In the final match of the regular season, his personal points haul of 22 (including two tries) contributed to the bonus-point victory over Ulster needed to secure a home play-off.[5] The following week, against the same opposition, Russell's extraordinary pass to D.T.H. van der Merwe in the 75th minute resulted in a touch down and tying the score at 14–14. Russell then stepped up to slot home the decisive conversion from a daunting position to send Glasgow into the Final.[6]

In the Final at Belfast's Ravenhill Stadium, Russell was again among the try scorers as Glasgow won their maiden title, also kicking four conversions in the 31–13 victory over Munster.[7]

On 29 November 2017, it was announced that Russell would leave Glasgow Warriors at the end of the 2017–18 season to play in France's Top 14 with Racing 92, where he was to replace All Blacks legend Dan Carter after the latter's move to Japan.[8]

International careerEdit


Russell earned his first call-up to the senior national team during the team's summer 2014 tour of North America. That autumn, he started in all three of Scotland's November Tests against Argentina, New Zealand and Tonga.

In 2014, Russell had what Scottish sportswriter Andy Newport called "a meteoric rise [that] saw the former Stirling County youngster blast his way into the national team in the space of six months."[9]

Russell established himself as Scotland's first-choice Number 10 during the 2015 Six Nations Championship, starting four of the team's five matches.[10] He missed the defeat to Italy through suspension, his sin-binning against Wales having been upgraded to a two-week ban following a citation (and unsuccessful appeal).[11] Russell scored his first international try in the final day defeat to eventual champions Ireland.[12]

Russell was selected in Scotland's 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and scored a try in the team's opening match victory over Japan.[13]

The summer of 2017 began with Russell as part of Scotland's Southern Hemisphere tour. He created two tries in the opening match win over Italy in Singapore,[14] and followed this with a try of his own a week later during victory over Australia.[15]

Russell played in all five of Scotland's 2018 Six Nations Championship fixtures. During the 25-13 victory over England,[16] he threw an audacious pass on his own 22-yard line as part of an attack leading to a try scored by Sean Maitland. This piece of skill was subsequently described by many pundits as being one of the greatest of all-time.[17][18][19]

British and Irish LionsEdit

Following an instrumental Man-of-the-Match performance for Scotland against Australia in Sydney, Russell was called up to the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.[20]

Russell made a brief mid-week appearance during the 31-31 draw with Super Rugby champions Hurricanes[21] as replacement for Dan Biggar who had sustained a head injury, becoming Lion number #835.[22]


In 2018, Finn Russell was capped with the Barbarians against England during the mid-year rugby tests. He scored 19 points (1 try and a 7/7 kicking conversions), allowing his team to beat England 45–63 at Twickenham[23]. England had never conceded so many points in their stadium[24].

With this game he became (with his teammate Greig Laidlaw) not only one of the few Scottish players to beat England at home in modern rugby, but also one of the even fewer Scotsmen to beat England twice the same year.

Personal lifeEdit

After secondary school, Russell worked for three years as a stonemason. He recalled that time in a 2015 interview with Newport:

On rainy days it could be pretty miserable. . . . It could be tough but I enjoyed it. I'd be making windowsills, door frames, fire places – even building walls. But compared to playing rugby, it's night and day. If I ever have a bad day at training, I think back to what it was like working in that cold shed.[9]


  1. ^ "Russell Receives John Macphail Scholarship".
  2. ^ "Finn Russell on a roll with Glasgow pro contract".
  3. ^ "Pro-player draft".
  4. ^ "BBC Sport – Glasgow Warriors: Finn Russell agrees two-year deal". BBC Sport.
  5. ^ Colin Moffat. "BBC Sport – Pro12: Glasgow Warriors 32-10 Ulster". BBC Sport.
  6. ^ Tom English. "BBC Sport – Pro12 semi-final: Glasgow Warriors beat Ulster 16-14". BBC Sport.
  7. ^ Tom English. "BBC Sport – Pro12 final: Glasgow Warriors 31-13 Munster". BBC Sport.
  8. ^ "Finn Russell will join Racing 92 to replace Dan Carter at the season's end". ESPN (UK). 28 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  9. ^ a b Newport, Andy (2 February 2015). "Finn Russell, former stonemason, hopes to chisel out Six Nations success". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  10. ^ "RBS 6 Nations Fixtures & Results".
  11. ^ "BBC Sport – Finn Russell: Scotland fly-half's appeal against suspension rejected". BBC Sport.
  12. ^ Andy Burke. "BBC Sport – Six Nations 2015: Scotland 10-40 Ireland". BBC Sport.
  13. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2015: Scotland 45-10 Japan". 23 September 2015 – via
  14. ^ "Italy 13-34 Scotland: Scotland thump Italy in steamy Singapore".
  15. ^ Agencies (17 June 2017). "Gregor Townsend hails Scotland's unity in hard-fought win over Australia" – via The Guardian.
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  20. ^ Gray, James (17 June 2017). "Australia 19 – Scotland 24: Finn Russell celebrates Lions call with historic win".
  21. ^ "Lions 31 Hurricanes 31: Lawes and Henderson shine as Lions hold on in thrilling draw".
  22. ^ "Lions Player Numbers". 19 February 2017.
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jonny Gray,
Gregor Hunter
John Macphail Scholarship
Finn Russell,
Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

Succeeded by
Ewan McQuillin,
Adam Ashe