Finn Russell says his dispute with Scotland coach Gregor Townsend was ‘blown out of proportion’ as fly-half targets summer return after being thrown out of squad for late-night drinking session
- Finn Russell last featured for Scotland during the World Cup last year
- He was left out of the Six Nations for an alleged late-night drinking session
- Fly-half says insists his relationship with Gregor Townsend are not on bad terms
- Russell is hoping to take part in the tour to South Africa and New Zealand
Finn Russell says his ‘falling out’ with Scotland coach Gregor Townsend was blown out of proportion and is aiming to return to the national set-up this summer.
The 27-year-old last featured for the Dark Blues during the World Cup last year and was left out of the Six Nations for an alleged late-night drinking session at a team hotel.
And the fly-half, who has played 49 Tests since his debut in 2014, is hoping to make a comeback in the summer tour that will see Scotland take on South Africa in a two-game series followed by a Test against New Zealand.
Finn Russell (R) says his dispute with Gregor Townsend was ‘blown out of proportion’
‘Things got blown out of proportion a bit,’ the Racing 92 man told BT Sport.
‘It’s not like there was a massive disagreement where I was saying “I’ll never play for you again”‘.
‘That’s the target we’ve both got, to be on the same page, working better together. Not better than it is now, but better than it ever has been.’
The fly-half is hoping to to make his return in the tour to South Africa and New Zealand
‘When I spoke to Gregor before the France game, I said to him it’s not the right time for me to come back in.
‘I said we’ll work on it after the Six Nations, and we were speaking about the tour to South Africa and New Zealand.
‘That’s the plan, to build the relationship up as well as we can and then we can get going in the summer.’
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