UPDATE: Finn Russell Remains In Hospital And Will Miss The Summer Tour

Scottish Rugby fly half Finn Russell will be forced to miss the Scotland tour of Japan following a ‘very serious’ facial injury sustained in Glasgow Warrior’s Semi Final loss to Connacht.

Scotland player Finn Russell in action during the RBS Six Nations…

Scotland player Finn Russell in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at Principality Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images


Vern Cotter has received yet another blow to his summer touring party with the injury of playmaker Finn Russell. The mercurial fly half is still in hospital after clashing heads with teammate Zander Fagerson in their club’s loss to Connacht at the weekend.

[blockquote author=”Gregor Townsend” pull=”normal”]”It was a very serious injury”[/blockquote]

The incident occurred in the first minute of the game when both players made an attempt at tackling Connacht star centre Bundee Aki as he went on one of his trademark crash runs, their heads clashed and Russell appeared to suffer the brunt of the force. He was treated on pitch for an extended period, was given oxygen and then subsequently failed a head injury assessment before being rushed to hospital.

Footage of the incident

Glasgow Warrior’s medical staff have confirmed he is still receiving treatment at Dublin’s Beaumont hospital, but is said to be steadily improving and will not require surgery. Is is hoped that he will be discharged later in the week but will not

It comes hot on the heels of injuries to Alex Dunbar and Tim Visser, as well as the loss of Mark Bennett to the Olympic Sevens squad. Matt Scott and Sean Lamont have been called up to replace the pair, but so far no replacement has been named to replace the injured Russell. With Ruaridh Jackson and Peter Horne in the squad there is cover, but coach Cotter is may call on the services of Duncan Weir to provide backup to the small squad.

Who do you think should replace Russell? Let us know in the comments.


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  1. Thought’s with you Finn and your family. Unfortunate incident but your health and wellbeing is more important than anything. Hope your being well looked after by all those lovely Irish nurses. Speedy recovery. From a Connacht man.

  2. Hope Finn makes a full recovery and is able to participate for all of next season. I would think the only replacement would be Duncan Weir? He’s due a boost to his morale after being told he’s going to Edinburgh!

  3. O.M.G I cant beleve your still in hospital Finn I am in shock that your still in you are a fanatic rugby union player & I hope @ the end of next season you will be off With The British & Irish Lions on tour to New Zealand I rank you as one of the best players in the U.K & Ireland at this point in the sports history.
    come on Finn battle back to full health like the true Warrior you are come on Finn you can find me @ TeamFinnASone.

  4. Get well soon Finn, Duncan Weir obvious replacement on tour, but I would potentially also bring along Blair Kinghorn (although he’s typically played more at 15) and even Adam Hastings to give them experience of training within the senior professional environment. Think they are both set to play at under-20 world championship though

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