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London –ScotlandcoachGregor Townsendbelieves he has his strongest squad in his two-year tenure, but if they are to shine at the Rugby World Cup thenFinn Russellwill have to be at his sparkling best.

The dynamic flyhalf, who turns 27 this month, is the key man as Scotland seek to progress past the quarter-final stage for the first time since 1991, when they lost to England in the semi-finals.

That match, a 9-6 defeat, is remembered for Gavin Hastings’ missed close-range penalty, which still haunts the former fullback.

Russell, who was within seconds of playing in a semi-final in 2015 but for a controversial penalty awarded to Australia, is the heartbeat of the team – if he plays well then Scotland generally click.

His no-look passes and dummies spark an exciting backline and he has no intention of changing his style, even if it carries a high risk.

“I need some consistency but I’m still going to keep playing the way I’m going to play,” said

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