Finn Russell confident his relationship with Gregor Townsend ‘will be better’

Finn Russell believes he and Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend will have a better relationship after their fall-out during the Guinness Six Nations. 

Russell left camp after a “breach of team protocol” in the build-up to Scotland’s opening match of the championship, against Ireland in Dublin, and subsequently criticised Townsend in an interview with The Sunday Times. 

The Racing 92 playmaker played no part in Scotland’s campaign on the field, but did offer some analysis of France’s play in the build-up to Scotland’s win over Les Bleus in early March. 

And this week, speaking on Will Greenwood’s Rugby Podcast, Russell said he wanted to draw a line under the incident. 

“For me, it’s done, we can move on from here. 

“We are going to work better than we did before.” 

Russell, who has remained in Paris through the Coronavirus lockdown, added that he has been working with Townsend, despite uncertainty about when Scotland may next be in action. 

“We’re looking at some attack clips for the next time we are back in camp,” Russell told the former England and British & Irish Lions centre. 

“It brought to light how we need to get better and work together in the future. 

“I’ve worked with Gregor my whole career, almost eight years now. We didn’t have that relationship that we needed to get the best of each other.”

Russell, who will win his 50th cap for his country on his next appearance, believes that he and Townsend will now work better than they have previously. 

“I feel like I can chat to him openly which is quite funny. That after a fallout, you have a better understanding of each other.”

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Image caption; Scotland stand-off Finn Russell in action at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Image credit: Fotosport/David Gibson

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