By Sir Clive Woodward for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:31 GMT, 16 February 2020 | Updated: 23:15 GMT, 16 February 2020
I try not to be overly partisan in my columns because I love good rugby and admire top-quality play from all teams, but I hope that Scotland record a thumping win over Italy on Saturday.
I was sickened by Finn Russell's unjustified and often incoherent character assassination of Gregor Townsend last week. It crossed a line and if I was Townsend I would issue a simple statement: if Russell does not apologise he will not play for Scotland while I am coach.
I wish the SRU would step in first and state that Russell won't play for Scotland again regardless of who is coach.
A resounding Scotland win over Italy would be the perfect response for Gregor Townsend
Finn Russell's character assassination of Townsend was unjustified and incoherent
Who does Russell think he is? As a fly-half he has great talent but is wildly inconsistent and has regularly failed to deliver controlled 80-minute, match-winning performances. He disappoints as much as he excites.
Russell needs to show a little humility. The Scotland rugby team have been playing for 149 years