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Rugby World Cup: Finn Russell In Profile

A maverick on the field, Finn Russell is a potential match-winner for Scotland at the World Cup in France.

We take a look at Finn Russell's background and rugby career to date...

Finn Russell Profile

NameFinn Russell
Place of BirthBridge of Allan
PositionFly-half, Centre
Height6ft 0in
International Caps71
International Points306

Who is Finn Russell?

Finn Russell is a professional rugby union player, who has made 71 senior appearances for the Scotland national team.

Where is Finn Russell from?

Finn Russell was born in Bridge of Allan, just north of the city of Stirling in Scotland. He is from a sporting family, with his father a passionate racket sports player who also served as Director of Domestic Rugby for the Scottish Rugby Union.

Russell's grandparents were both professional badminton players, and his uncle and great-grandfather also played cricket nationally for Scotland.

His younger brother Archie is also a rugby union player who has represented Cambridge University and Scotland Under 20s.

Russell started playing rugby for Wallace High School in Stirling, before pursuing an apprenticeship as a stonemason for three years prior to turning professional.

How old is Finn Russell?

Russell is 30 years old. He was born on 23rd September 1992.

What club does Finn Russell play for?

In December 2022, it was announced that Russell would leave French club Racing 92 to join English Premiership side Bath following the culmination of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.  

What position does Finn Russell play?

Finn Russell's natural position is as a fly-half, although he can also operate as a centre. He is the regular place-kicker for both club and country.

What is Finn Russell's style of play?

Unpredictable and adventurous, Russell has developed into one of the most exciting playmakers in the whole of world rugby.

He is the key to Scotland's attack, with the 30-year-old adept at finding space to launch tryscoring opportunities and executing daring passes incisively.

A darling of rugby puritans due to his thrilling style of play, Russell's moments of magic can also be accompanied by costly mistakes.

Has Finn Russell played for the British & Irish Lions?

Russell has been selected for two tours for the British & Irish Lions - in 2017 and 2021. Russell has made four appearances for the Lions in total, registering 19 points.

The 30-year-old also made one appearance for the Barbarians back in 2018, scoring 19 points in a 63-45 victory against England at Twickenham.

Finn Russell in action for the British & Irish Lions during the 2021 South Africa tour.

How many points has Finn Russell scored?

Russell has scored 306 points in 71 caps for Scotland, and is now fourth in the nation's all-time points standings.

Why did Finn Russell not play for Scotland?

Russell has had a tumultuous relationship with Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend.

The mercurial fly-half left the Scotland squad ahead of the 2020 Six Nations, criticising manager Townsend's coaching methods.

In 2022, he was dropped for his nation's final Six Nations match against Ireland as one of six players caught on an unauthorised night out in Edinburgh, and was subsequently left out of the squad for a summer tour of Argentina.

Has Finn Russell played at the Rugby World Cup?

Finn Russell has participated in two Rugby World Cups for Scotland - in England and Wales in 2015 and Japan in 2019.

Russell scored a try on his Rugby World Cup debut against Japan, before the Scots were knocked out in controversial circumstances in the quarter-finals against Australia.

In 2019, Russell and Co were eliminated in the group stages after finishing behind hosts Japan and Ireland in Pool A.

Scotland Rugby World Cup Odds


To Win Outright - 40/1
Enhanced Win Only - 45/1
To Win Without New Zealand - 28/1
To Reach the Final - 16/1
To Reach the Semi-Final - 10/1
To Reach the Quarter-Final - 4/1
To Win Pool B - 8/1

Stage of Elimination:

Winner - 40/1
Runner-up - 25/1
Semi-Finals - 18/1
Quarter-Finals - 5/1
Pool Stage - 1/6

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Odds correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.

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