Finn Russell recalled to Scotland squad for New Zealand Test as Adam Hastings returns to club | Rugby Union News

Finn Russell has been recalled to the Scotland squad ahead of the Autumn Nations Series game against New Zealand on Sunday; Adam Hastings out after sustaining head injury against Fiji

Last Updated: 07/11/22 12:10pm

Finn Russell returns to Scotland squad as Adam Hastings returns to his club

Finn Russell has been recalled to the Scotland squad ahead of Sunday’s Autumn Nations Series game against New Zealand.

The call from the back comes with Adam Hastings ruled out after suffering a head injury in the 28-12 win over Fiji at Murrayfield, while also having a knee problem assessed after the game.

Russell was dropped from the initial squad for the Autumn Internationals amid speculation there had been a breakdown in relations between head coach Gregor Townsend and his player.

Townsend said Russell was omitted due to question marks over his “form and consistency” levels, with Blair Kinghorn and Hastings picked as the two main options to play at 10.

Scotland Autumn Internationals

Saturday October 29 Scotland 15-16 Australia 5:30 p.m.
saturday november 5Scotland 28-12 Fiji1 p.m.
sunday november 13Scotland v New Zealand2:15 p.m.
Saturday November 19Scotland v Argentina 3:15 p.m.

After the match against Fiji, Townsend said he had not spoken to Russell since he informed him last month that he was not part of the original team, but the coach -chef insisted that this was not unusual.

“If people aren’t on the team, I don’t call them regularly unless there’s something to talk about,” he said. “But I imagine he would be available.

“He was disappointed not to be in the team. If we decide to bring 10 more, he will be one of those we look at.”

George Turner remains with Scotland as preparations continue for Sunday’s game against New Zealand at Murrayfield. Scotland will then face Argentina the following weekend to complete their autumn campaign.

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