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Sir Clive Woodward Took A Serious Pop At Finn Russell For Scotland’s Loss To Wales

There is no doubt about it, Scotland will be seriously hurting after the humbling they received at the hands of Warren Gatland’s Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

Scotland had gone into that game with considerable hype. An attractive brand of rugby which led them to hammer the Wallabies and come within inches of beating the All Blacks led many to believe that Gregor Townend’s side would have a big say on the outcome of this Championship.

However, they failed to impress in the Welsh capital and they headed north with their tails firmly between their legs as they now prepare to welcome France to Murrayfield on Sunday.

Gatland employed an excellent gameplan which negated the attacking threats of the Scottish team, this is something which Sir Clive Woodward highlights in his column for the Mail On Sunday but he also takes a swipe at Finn Russell for grinning during the national anthem.

In all my time coaching international rugby, I have never seen a player of mine laughing and smiling his way through the national anthems which Finn Russell seemed to do. 

One thing for sure, he won’t be laughing and smiling when he reviews the way his team played, especially Scotland’s No.10. That game was done and dusted before kick-off.

Now if you look back at the footage of the national anthems, you will Russell singing the ‘Flower of Scotland’ with the rest of his teammates as seen below.

Credit: TV3

Then, when the song reached its peak and when it was just about to finish, there is a brief shot of Russell smiling (fourth from the left).

Credit: TV3

Making the point that the game was done and dusted before kick-off because Russell was smiling seems to be quite a bizarre reason for why Scotland lost the game.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email or on Twitter