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Russell named Guinness Six Nations Player of the Round

Russell named Guinness Six Nations Player of the Round
  • Russell voted Guinness Six Nations Player of Round Five by the public
  • Scottish fly-half drives second-half comeback at Twickenham
  • Adds nine points to team's tally, including a breakaway try

Finn Russell has scooped the fifth and final Guinness Six Nations Player of the Round award for his barnstorming performance in Scotland’s incredible comeback at Twickenham.

The fly-half was the catalyst as the visitors turned a 31-0 deficit on its head to lead late on before George Ford’s last-gasp try meant that Russell and co. had to settle for a draw in one of the most incredible Calcutta Cup clashes in memory.

Nine points of his own featured a lung-busting breakaway score brought about through razor-sharp reactions as he intercepted Owen Farrell to take it all the way, and two conversions.

But it was his performance as a playmaker that truly set the platform for his teammates to flourish.

His passing range was on show: short to set up Sam Johnson for the go-ahead try; long to Sean Maitland to unlock the door for Darcy Graham’s second.

And Russell even had the numbers to back things up: gaining 545.3m off a round-leading 16 kicks, while demonstrating ruthless efficiency on the carry as he notched 11.6m on average.

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To make things all the more remarkable, it later transpired that Russell did all of this while nursing a broken cheekbone, sustained while on domestic duty with Racing 92, shaking off the pain to ride a wave of adrenaline to the brink of history in one final curtain call for the 2019 Championship. 

The decision – voted for by the general public – sees Russell complete the quintet of players awarded the honour throughout the Guinness Six Nations.

Round One – Blair Kinghorn

Round Two – Jonny May

Round Three – Liam Williams

Round Four – Joe Cokanasiga

Round Five – Finn Russell