Scotland's worst fears confirmed ahead of Paris clash
INJURY UPDATE: Scotland flyhalf Finn Russell has been ruled out of Saturday’s Six Nations match away to France with a head injury, Scottish Rugby announced Tuesday.
The influential playmaker was substituted before half-time playing for Paris-based club side Racing 92 in Sunday’s loss to Toulouse and failed the initial head injury assessment.
Russell had six days in which to satisfy protocols for returning from a head injury.
A Scottish Rugby statement said he had “not satisfied the requirements of today’s component of the graduated return to play protocol…meaning there is insufficient time for him to be considered for this weekend’s action.”
Scottish Rugby added that Russell would now return to the care of Racing’s medical team.
On Monday, Scotland coach Gregor Townsend added six players to his squad ahead of the fixture in Paris, including Worcester flyhalf Duncan Weir as cover for Russell.
Edinburgh back-row forward Magnus Bradbury and Glasgow front row forward forwards Zander Fagerson and George Turner have been selected after returning from injury over the weekend, with backs Dougie Fife and James Johnstone also coming in.
Fullback Stuart Hogg was also ruled out of the Six Nations fixture.
BREAKING | Scotland stand-off Finn Russell has been ruled out of this Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations Test v France.
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 19, 2019