Calm ace Russell enjoys Test start

Date published: June 12 2014

Young Scotland fly-half Finn Russell admits he is enjoying Test rugby after making his debut last weekend against the USA.

Young Scotland fly-half Finn Russell is enjoying Test rugby after making his debut last weekend against the USA.

Next up for the Scots are Canada, with Russell ready for another challenge at the highest level.

The 21-year-old is rated as an excellent prospect for Scotland moving forward, but Russell paid credit to his pack for giving him the best possible platform against the Eagles.

“Those games against Munster and Leinster were as high a level as I had ever played,” said Russell.

“A Test match is obviously there as well, so it was quite intense, but after playing against Munster and Leinster I kind of had a feel for it.

“The forwards were amazing in the scrum. In the conditions, they were outstanding and to have that sort of platform to play off is amazing for a 10.

“I had good go-forward ball straight away and you can't ask for much more than that.

“It was really good having Greig inside too. He is an experienced player and he has obviously played 10 as well. If I had any questions he would keep me right. It was kind of like having Chris Cusiter at Glasgow.

“I sort of see every game as the same so I tried to make sure the circumstances did not get to me. I'm quite relaxed before a game and when I'm in the match I try not to get wrapped up in the moment.

“I felt I did that quite well at the weekend actually, considering it was my first cap. I try to treat every game the same, no matter who you are playing against.”

Asked for an opinion on his new young star, Scotland boss Vern Cotter wasn't short on praise.

“Finn Russell; you would not think it was his first cap because he played with confidence and composure,” said Cotter.