Clive Woodward Blasts Finn Russell For Behaviour During Anthems

Slammed.

Former England boss Sir Clive Woodward has launched an extraordinary attack on Scotland playmaker Finn Russell in his column for the Mail On Sunday.

Woodward, who coached England to a World Cup triumph back in 2003, has slammed Russell for “laughing and smiling” during the national anthems on Saturday evening.

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Scotland were hammered by Wales in the fixture at the Principality, and Woodward reckons the game was already lost because of Russell’s attitude.

“In 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 be.

“One thing for sure, he won’t be laughing and smiling when he reviews the way his team played, especially Scotland’s No10.

“That game was done and dusted before kick-off.”

As you can see in the image above, Russell can be seen smiling and laughing towards the end of the Scotland anthem. But in fairness to him, as you can see below, he sang the anthem with his teammates for the majority.

A bizarre attack by Woodward, and pretty silly to suggest this is why Scotland lost the game. Wales were fantastic, and Scotland as a whole were poor. To blame Russell is a bit much.