Finn Alastair Russell became Scotland's 1056th capped player when he made his debut against the USA on the first match of Scotland's 2014 summer tour, sparking the beginning of a exciting international career. He has gone on to earn more than 50 further caps and was called up for the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.
That international bow capped an excellent season for Russell who fought off fierce competition to become first choice stand-off at Glasgow Warriors on their run to the PRO12 final. He made his first appearance at BT Murrayfield for Scotland in the 41-31 win against Argentina in November 2014 and starred in his club’s sensational PRO12 triumph the year after.
That prompted further international recognition and Russell was named as first-choice stand-off in the 2015 World Cup squad, making three tournament appearances and scoring tries against both Japan and USA.
During the 2017 RBS 6 Nations, he scored 42 championship points, playing crucial roles in wins over Ireland, Italy and Wales, before going on to star in Summer Test victories against Italy and, notably, Australia in Sydney – a match that brought about a late call-up to Warren Gatland’s Lions squad.
A mesmeric performance in the Calcutta Cup win of 2018 was followed by another in that remarkable second half Twickenham comeback a year later, before Finn was selected for a second World Cup, in Japan, during which he picked up three more caps.
Through the ranks
The gifted stand-off was brought into the Scotstoun fold in the summer of 2012 after impressing in the club game with Falkirk and as a key member of the Scotland under-20 team during the RBS 6 Nations.
In 2011, Russell helped Stirling County Colts win the under-18 National Youth Cup and he went on to help Ayr win the Scottish domestic double during the 2012/13 campaign.
After making his debut for Glasgow Warriors against Zebre in early 2013, Finn was named alongside Alex Allan as a recipient of the prestigious Macphail Scholarship to New Zealand.
Date of birth: 23/09/92
Scotland Debut: June 2014
Place of birth: Bridge of Allan
2018 to present
2012 to 2018
England , Wales, Ireland, France
Georgia (replacement), Wales
Italy, Ireland, Wales, England, France(3), Georgia, Ireland(2), Samoa, Japan
Wales, France, England, Ireland, Italy, Fiji, South Africa, Argentina
Ireland, France, Wales, England, Italy, Italy, Australia, Samoa, New Zealand, Australia
England, Wales, Italy, France, Australia, Argentina , Georgia
France, Wales, England, Ireland, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Samoa, USA
USA, Canada, Argentina, New Zealand, Tonga