Finn Russell ‘He’s up there with the best’ – Finn Russell dismisses suggestions that Johnny Sexton’s powers are on the wane

Finn Russell ‘He’s up there with the best’ – Finn Russell dismisses suggestions that Johnny Sexton’s powers are on the wane

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Finn Russell Ireland's Jonathan Sexton works out with teammates in Ichihara, near Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. (Kyodo News via AP)
Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton works out with teammates in Ichihara, near Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. (Kyodo News via AP)

Finn Russell believes the real Scotland are ready to emerge from the wreckage of their injury-hit Six Nations and take the World Cup by storm.

Having had to do without a number of key players earlier in the year, Gregor Townsend’s squad are almost back at full strength ahead of Sunday’s Pool A opener against Ireland.

Back-rower Jamie Ritchie will not be risked as he steps up his recovery from a broken cheekbone while Exeter flanker Sam Skinner was the only casualty to be ruled out before the tournament.

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt, on the other hand, has fitness concerns over centre Robbie Henshaw and full-back Rob Kearney.

Now fly-half Russell reckons his side are primed to show their true capabilities.

“We’re excited going into the World Cup,” the Racing 92 man told the PA news agency.

“The Six Nations was up and down – it all seemed to be games of two halves. Against Italy the first half was great, then we let in three late tries. We had a good first period against Ireland too but slipped off again. Then the England game was like that but in reverse.

“What was frustrating was that we never really manage

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