Scotland fly-half Finn Russell will leave Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season.
Scotland (; Scots: [ˈskɔt.lənd]; Scottish Gaelic: Alba [ˈal̪ˠapə] ( listen)) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It shares a border with England to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the south-west. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707. By inheritance in 1603, James VI, King of Scots, became King of England and King of Ireland, thus forming a personal union of the three kingdoms. Scotland subsequently entered into a political union with the Kingdom of England on 1 May 1707 to create the new Kingdom of Great Britain. The union also created a new Parliament of Great Britain, which succeeded both the Parliament of Scotland and the Parliament of England. In 1801, Great Britain itself entered into a political union with the Kingdom of Ireland to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Within Scotland, the monarchy of the United Kingdom has continued to use a variety of styles, titles and other royal symbols of statehood specific to the pre-union Kingdom of Scotland. The legal system within Scotland has also remained separate from those of England and Wales and Northern Ireland; Scotland constitutes a distinct jurisdiction in both public and private law. The continued existence of legal, educational, religious and other institutions distinct from those in the remainder of the UK have all contributed to the continuation of Scottish culture and national identity since the 1707 union with England.
In 1997, a Scottish Parliament was re-established, in the form of a devolved unicameral legislature comprising 129 members, having authority over many areas of domestic policy. Scotland is represented in the United Kingdom Parliament by 59 MPs and in the European Parliament by 6 MEPs. Scotland is also a member of the British–Irish Council, and sends five members of the Scottish Parliament to the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly.
Scotland fly-half Finn Russell to leave Glasgow Warriors
In the game of rugby union, there are a maximum of 15 players on the field at any time. The forwards (1-8) are named: props (1&3) hooker (2) second rowers (4&5) flankers (6&7) and the no 8 (8). The backs consist of 7 players: half back (9) first five eighth (10) winger (11) second five eight (12) centre (13) winger (14) and fullback (15) The reserves range from 16-23.
The scrum (an assemblage used to restart play), however, must consist of eight players: the “front row” (two props, a loosehead and tighthead, and a hooker), the “second row” (two locks), and a “back row” (two flankers, and a number 8). The players outside the scrum are called “the backs”: scrum-half, fly-half, two centres (inside and outside), two wings, and a fullback.
Early names, such as “three-quarters” (for the wings and centres) and “outside-halves” (for fly-half) are still used by many in the Northern Hemisphere, while in the Southern Hemisphere the fly-half and inside centre are colloquially called “first five-eighth” and “second five-eighth” respectively, while the scrum-half is known as the “half-back”.
The backs play behind the forwards and are usually more lightly built and faster. Successful backs are skilful at passing and kicking. Full-backs need to be good defenders and kickers, and have the ability to catch a kicked ball. The wingers are usually among the fastest players in a team and score many of the tries. The centres’ key attacking roles are to break through the defensive line and link successfully with wingers. The fly-half can be a good kicker and generally directs the backline. The scrum-half retrieves the ball from the forwards and needs a quick and accurate pass to get the ball to the backs (often firstly to the fly-half). Forwards compete for the ball in scrums and line-outs and are generally bigger and stronger than the backs. Props push in the scrums, while the hooker tries to “hook” the ball. Locks are tall and jump for the ball at the line-out after the hooker has thrown it in. The flankers and number eight should be the first forwards to a tackle and play an important role in securing possession of the ball for their team.
The 25-year-old has accepted “a lucrative opportunity” elsewhere, according to Warriors managing director Nathan Bombrys.
Russell, who has been heavily linked with a move to Racing 92, won his 31st cap for Scotland in Saturday’s narrow defeat to New Zealand, and was called up to the British and Irish Lions squad last summer.
Scotland fly-half Finn Russell to leave Glasgow Warriors
He was a PRO12 winner with Glasgow in 2015 and hopes he can end his Warriors career with further silverware.
“I’ve always wanted to experience as much as I can during what is a short rugby career,” said Russell.
“It was obviously a difficult decision to leave Glasgow but I have the opportunity to take myself out of my comfort zone and experience a new culture and type of rugby.
“However, I am fully focussed on Glasgow Warriors and will do everything I can to make my final season at Scotstoun a successful one.”
Bombrys added: “Our club has an excellent track record of retaining our key players in recent years.
“However, in this instance, Finn has decided to move on and accept a lucrative opportunity at another club.
“We respect his decision and when the time comes we will thank him for his contribution to the club. It has been great watching him develop and grow wearing a Glasgow Warriors shirt.
“We know he will be fully focused on trying to bring another trophy to Glasgow Warriors this season.”