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Some Finn and nothing as Russell eyes recall for Scotland

FINN RUSSELL is targeting a recall for Scotland and insists his dispute with head coach Gregor Townsend was ‘blown out of proportion’.

The fly-half left the squad nine days before the opening Six Nations defeat by Ireland having missing training after an alleged drinking session at the team hotel.

Russell (pictured) did not return during a tournament curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic but has been speaking to Townsend since.

‘The stuff in the Six Nations is done,’ said Russell. ‘I have been chatting to Gregor the last couple of weeks, not as player and coach but just as a chat in terms of, “How you getting on? What you doing in isolation? What you been up to?”

‘For me and Gregor it’s a case of how can our relationship grow and how can we move forward?

‘It was up and down during the Six Nations but there wasn’t a massive fallout.

‘Things were blown out of proportion a bit which happens in the media. It is not like there was a massive disagreement or, “I am never playing for you again”.’

Scotland are due to play two Tests in South Africa and one in New Zealand in July if rugby has resumed and Russell, 27, added: ‘That’s my plan anyway, to try and get back by then.’