Since a 2014 debut against USA in Houston, Finn Russell has established himself as one of the most charismatic and exciting playmakers in world rugby, his ability to find space when it seemingly doesn’t exist a hallmark of his maverick playing style.
In 2013, Russell spent 15 weeks in New Zealand as part of the John Macphail scholarship, honing skills that, alongside club experience with Stirling County, Falkirk and Ayr, would help him become a key part of the Glasgow Warriors squad that tasted PRO12 glory in 2015, the same year he featured in his first Rugby World Cup.
A move to French giants Racing 92 followed in 2018 and, after winning a 50th cap for Scotland against Georgia at the tail end of 2020, the talismanic Russell was called up to the 2021 British & Irish Lions squad (he also featured on the 2017 tour) where he went on to earn a first Lions cap in the third Test against South Africa, kicking 11 points in their narrow, series-defining loss against the world champions.
A steady presence from the tee to complement his swashbuckling creativity, Russell moved fourth on Scotland’s all-time points list during Scotland’s 2023 Guinness Six Nations win over Wales at BT Murrayfield.
Date of birth: 23/09/1992
Scotland Debut: 07/06/2014
Place of birth: Stirling