Scotland fly-half Finn Russell is closing in on a big-money move to Bath as their marquee player for the 2023/24 Premiership season.
According to the MailOnlinethey are close to completing the move, which would be ‘a stunning coup for the West Country club and also the troubled Premiership as a whole, to have a new box-office asset.’
Russell had previously been linked with a move to Japan, but due to his personal life now would like to stay in Europe.
The Scotland number 10 insisted he was having “great fun” on his Scotland return after a terrific performance in the 52-29 win over Argentina at the weekend.
The experienced fly-half, who risked missing the birth of his first born to play in the match at the weekend, was overlooked for the first two autumn Tests.
“I’m enjoying myself, it’s great fun to be a part of and we ran in some great tries,” he told Amazon Prime.
“It was a good performance at times from us. We still need to learn to play for the full 80 minutes.
“It’s great to be back, I love playing at Murrayfield.
“It gives us confidence, there’s lots we need to learn from and build from. The last couple of Tests, we’ve attacked well and our defense has been good.”
He rushed back to Paris via private plane on Saturday evening to be alongside partner Emma Canning with Russell Jnr due any day now
Emma, who is an experienced athlete competing for Great Britain and Scotland in the heptathlon, brilliantly hit back: “Actually – there’s room for two Scottish athletes in our relationship. Lol.”
Finn Russell facts:
- His father played a lot of racket sports, and worked in sports administration, including as Director of Domestic Rugby for the Scottish Rugby Union
- After secondary school, he pursued an apprenticeship for three years as a stonemason, in a business owned by a family friend, whilst his rugby developed
- Russell has been nicknamed ‘Russell the Muscle’ due to having a somewhat slender build for a modern-day rugby player
- Fly-half Russell was capped with the Barbarians against England during the mid-year rugby tests
- In 2013 Russell received the John Macphail Scholarship, linked with New Zealand’s Lincoln University
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Meet the Six Nations rugby Wags including a heptathlete and youtuber
#1. JO COOPS (CONNOR MURRAY)
#2. GILL HOGG (STUART HOGG)
Hogg – who is even admired by Harry Potter author JK Rowling – married long-term partner Gill in 2016. They now have three young children – Archie, Olivia and George.
They’re both from the small town of Hawick and their parents are friends – although the Glasgow Warriors fullback has revealed he spent months asking her on a date but she would ignore his messages.