Scotland continue without Russell for Italy clash
Finn Russell's exile from Scotland has continued as he has been left out of the squad for Saturday's Six Nations clash against Italy.
Fly-half Russell has yet to play for Scotland in this year's Six Nations, having been left out of the first two games for a breach of team protocol, and he has not been recalled for the trip to the Stadio Olimpico.
Head coach Gregor Townsend recently revealed there is a place for the 27-year-old in the squad if he can agree and follow the rules like everyone else selected for their country, but the Racing 92 star has been omitted again.
There is better news for Sam Skinner and Matt Fagerson, who have both been added to the squad for the remainder of the Six Nations after impressing for Exeter and Glasgow respectively, but Gloucester second-row Alex Craig has been released back to his club.
Scotland are currently fifth in the Six Nations table, having lost to Ireland and England in their opening two matches, and Saturday's encounter against Italy will likely determine which team picks up the wooden spoon.
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