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SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: I hope Scotland record thumping win over after Finn Russell's unjustified character assassination of Gregor Townsend If I was Scotland coach I wouldn't pick Finn Russell until he apologises The SRU should step in and state that Russell won't play for Scotland again Russell is a great talent but is wildly inconsistent and regularly disappoints 

By Sir Clive Woodward for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:31 GMT, 16 February 2020 | Updated: 23:15 GMT, 16 February 2020

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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 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

A resounding Scotland win over would be the perfect response for Gregor Townsend

Finn Russell's character assassination of Townsend was unjustified and incoherent

 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

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