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6N: Townsend would welcome back Russell only if team player

EDINBURGH. Scotland (AP) Scotland coach Gregor Townsend would welcome back Finn Russell for the Six Nations on condition the estranged flyhalf shows he's a team player.

Russell was disciplined for an alcohol-related breach of team protocol on Jan. 19 at their hotel. Instead of staying with the team to help Scotland prepare for its opening match against Ireland in Dublin this Saturday, Russell left last week. He played for his Racing 92 club in France over the weekend.

Russell's experience and stature made him the first-choice 10, and Townsend said on Monday, "The door is open for any player.