Fly-half Finn Russell has shown that he played in Scotland’s Six Nations draw against England using a fractured cheek.

Russell lasted a head injury playing French club Racing 92 and also missed the Scots’ third game against France, reportedly because of concussion.

Then featured in the defeat from Wales and was critical in Scotland’s epic comeback in Twickenham.

“The concussion had been OK, however when I made it scanned, I realised I couldn’t play against France,” Russell stated.

“Once I caught a knee into the head against Toulouse, I fractured my cheek and which was exactly what kept me outside from the France game. The whole time that my brain felt fine however, I knew there was something else wrong.”

Russell scored one of Scotland’s tries and successfully kicked two ranks as Gregor Townsend’s side came from 31 down points to lead England 38-31 in Twickenham only to eliminate an old converted try.

And the former Glasgow Warriors player revealed a few of the Scotland players broke with previous Calcutta Cup post-match convention by mixing using a number of their competitors after the game.

“We’re speaking in their mind,” Russell explained. “We’re speaking to Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, George Ford.

“I have never really spoken into the English boys who much after the match .”


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